The fact that most of the spectators were Australian added to the atmosphere in the venues if not the streets.
GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie has apologised for a "stuff-up" at the closing ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after athletes were marginalized from the television broadcast and a string of officials hogged the spotlight with lengthy speeches.
But how did the Indian contingent fared at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in comparison to Commonwealth Games 2010?
"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle". "They fought, they pushed and they excelled in many areas; it was a privilege for Assistant-Chef Ben Huot and I to share these 11 days with such a spectacular group of men and women".
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Of the nine world records set, the majority were in Paralympic events with the most prestigious coming in the pool in women's 4x100m freestyle relay.
Kenya bagged 17 medals, four gold, seven silver and six bronze to finish 3rd in Africa behind South Africa and Nigeria.
Australia dominated in the swimming pool and in track cycling, while Jamaica felt the absence of the retired Bolt as they struggled in the sprint events. Srikanth settled for the Silver.
Men still rule South African sport.
This is the Indian boxer's first medal at Commonwealth Games and probably the last as she is expected to retire after this tournament.
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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Health Minister J P Nadda were also present on the occasion. He said the government was committed to protecting their rights.
There were five medals in the shooting, while Gareth Evans won gold in the men's -69kg weightlifting and teenage gymnast Latalia Bevan was a surprise silver medallist on the floor. The powerlifters won four gold and two silver while the table tennis team won three silver.
England shocked favourites Australia 52-51 in the netball final.
Australia also suffered setbacks on the last day when their women's rugby team, the Olympic champions, lost a sudden-death thriller against New Zealand in the inaugural final.
Both events were played in front of passionate packed houses, reflecting a Games where empty seats were few and far between and crowds were noisy and partisan. Commonwealth Games Canada is committed to hosting a Games in Canada, possibly in 2030 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the inaugural Games which were held in Hamilton, Ontario.
Established stars such as wrestler (and closing ceremony flag-bearer) Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., and swimmer Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., got to see where they stand at the midway point between Olympics, but the Gold Coast Games were also about who's next.
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Benetton celebrate a famous result. "I just thought they were very physical in contact, which I thought they would be as well". Joining him is Jordi Murphy and Max Deegan .