Commonwealth Games: Gold Coast

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The Commonwealth Games – 2018, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and most frequently known as Gold Coast 2018. Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event usually held for the members of the Commonwealth. This time the event took place at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, from 4 to 15 April 2018. It is the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games and the first time a major multi-sport event achieved gender equality by conducting an equal number of events for males and female athletes. More than 4,400 athletes including 300 Para-Athletes from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations has taken part in the event. The Gambia which withdrew its membership from the Commonwealth of Nations and Commonwealth Games Federation in 2013, was readmitted on 31 March 2018 and participated in the event as well.

With 275 sets of medals, the games featured 19 Commonwealth sports, including beach volleyball, Para-triathlon and women’s rugby sevens. Total of 14 venues in the Gold Coast city has conducted the sporting events, two venues in Brisbane and one venue each in Cairns and Townsville. These are the first Commonwealth Games to be taken place under the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) presidency of Louise Martin, CBE. CGF General Assembly in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, on 11 November 2011 announced Gold Coast will be the host city. Gold Coast became the seventh Oceania city and the first regional city to host the Commonwealth Games. These were the eight games to be held in Oceania and the Southern Hemisphere.

Totally, there were 29 countries who won gold, with medals, shared in among 43 countries, by beating the previous best list of 39 which was set at Manchester in 2002 and equalled at Melbourne in 2006. 5 countries also won their medals for the first time in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, while South Africa’s Chad LE Clos became the first male swimmer to win the same event (the 200m butterfly) at three consecutive Commonwealth Games and came close to equalling the all-time record of 18 Commonwealth Games medals, with his haul at GC2018 bringing his total to 17.

India also participated at the Commonwealth Games – 2018 held at the Gold Coast, Australia. This was India’s 18th appearance at the Commonwealth Games. With 26 Gold medals, 20 Silver medals and 20 Bronze medals with a total sum of 66 medals, India finished 3rd at the tournament. India’s athletes competed well and also became the best nation in 5 disciplines, weightlifting, shooting, wrestling, badminton and table tennis, and the second best nation in boxing.

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