How the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games played out overall and the biggest events that took place at the competition.
Every four years we get a chance to witness some of the greatest athletes showcase their immense skills in various competitions that are organized by the Commonwealth Games. The 2014 event that was held in Glasgow, Scotland, illustrated just how challenging the Games can get between competing nations.
Gambling news reports that at the closing ceremony David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, highlighted the success of the Games and expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the amazing competition.
“This really is a day for thank yous. A massive thank you goes to the people of Glasgow who embraced the Games and welcomed all athletes and visitors with sensational support, smiles and… selfies. For bringing the house down in all the venues with their deafening levels of support”
• Australia finally relinquished top spot finish in overall medal count
• England emerge as leaders with 174 medals
• Total of 71 nations competed at the 2014 Games with almost 5,000 sportsmen
As always, England demonstrated just what they are capable of achieving at big sporting events, despite not tasting the top position in previous editions of the Commonwealth Games. The 2014 Games is the first time that England managed to finish top of the charts since the 1986 Games held in Edinburgh, a fact some online sportsbooks in the UK didn’t see coming.
England took home a combined total of 174 medals, which put them nearly 40 medals ahead of second placed Australia. The English recorded 58 Gold medals for their incredible sporting exploits. Silver and Bronze numbers were very close to the count of Gold awards, as they stood at 59 and 57 medals respectively.
On the last day of competitions, England received additional medals to their overall tally. The sport of Badminton saw a “one-two” finish for England, as both mixed-doubles team captured Gold and Silver. In women’s doubles Badminton, Lauren Smith and Gabrielle Adcock won third place, while Lizzie Armitstead sealed first place for women’s road race cycling.
Squash also granted medals for the England team, as both mixed doubles and men’s doubles won silver medals on the last day. Daryl Selby and James Willstrop won Bronze medals for Squash in the men’s doubles event. Lastly, England’s men’s hockey saw them finish in third place.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow marks the first time in many years that Australia didn’t emerge as leaders in the combined medal charts. However, they still managed to clinch the second spot with a total of 137 medals. An impressive 49 medals accounted for Gold, while there were 42 Silver and 46 Bronze medals overall.
Australia’s biggest Medallist came in form of a swimmer Emma McKeon, who managed to win a total of 6 Gold medals for her efforts in the water. Considering that she is only 20 years of age, McKeon is set to dominate in the future swimming events of the prestigious Commonwealth Games.
Australia’s men’s hockey team finished first, while women’s Netball also saw them get an additional gold medal. In Squash, Australia showed great determination by clinching two Golds and one Bronze. Both mixed doubles and men’s doubles of Squash sealed first place, while Kasey Brown and Cameron Pilley of mixed doubles Squash won Bronze.
Other honorable mentions
As many mobile betting firms predicted, Malaysia proved to be the greatest adversary in Badminton in both women’s and men’s doubles, as they sealed gold for those events. Michelle Li of Canada won Gold in women’s singles for Badminton, while Kashyap Parupalli of India also secured a first place finish for men’s singles in the same sport.
In men’s hockey, India showcased great skill but were denied by the mighty Australians, as they had to settle for a second place. Women’s Netball saw New Zealand achieve second spot finish with their great efforts, while Jamaica finished third.