Up to 8 million tune in as Commonwealth Games closes

The curtain has come down on an incredible 11 days of Commonwealth Games sporting action in a glittering, star-filled closing ceremony at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

England has topped the medal table of the Commonwealth Games with a total of 174 medals.

Up to 8 million viewers tuned in to see Kylie and a host of other stars close Glasgow 2014, which has been dubbed the "best ever" Commonwealth Games.

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Athletes to mark the end of Commonwealth Games

Athletes who competed in the Commonwealth Games are preparing to mark the end of the 11-days event at the closing ceremony at Hampden stadium in Glasgow.

More than 40,000 are expected to watch the closing ceremony at the stadium in Glasgow.

Lulu to perform during Glasgow closing ceremony

Lulu, the Scottish singer most famed for performing the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, has tweeted about her excitement to perform at the Glagow Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony tonight.

The show, called "All Back To Ours," will feature Kylie Minogue, Deacon Blue and Dougie Maclean. It will reflect "a typical night out in Glasgow," the games' head of ceremonies David Zolkweras said.


Salmond: Games 'a gold medal performance'

Scotland's First Minister has praised the Commonwealth Games as a "gold medal performance" by organisers, athletes and volunteers.

Writing on the Scottish government website, he said: “From the moment the opening ceremony kicked off, everything about these Games has been a huge credit to Glasgow and Scotland. It has truly been a gallus and glittering Games."

He added: “The atmosphere in the city has been electric – everyone has played their part and have given a gold medal performance ensuring the tens of thousands of visitors have been made to feel at home. Even the Scottish weather has done its bit."

England tops Commonwealth Games medal table

England has topped the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games medal table. With 58 golds, 59 silvers and 57 bronzes, England has finished well ahead all the other countries.

Commonwealth Games medal table. Credit: Commonwealth Games

This has been the most successful Commonwealth games for both England and Scotland, with Wales winning more medals than in any previous games and finishing 13th.

Final action sees England win silver in men's squash

The final action of the Commonwealth Games saw England pipped to a gold medal by Australia in a thrilling men's doubles squash final.

Australia's pairing of David Palmer and Cameron Pilley lost the first game 11-10 but won the next two by 11-9 and 11-7 against England's Adrian Grant and Nick Matthew.

For Australia's Palmer it was two gold's in two hours as he also won the mixed doubles with Rachel Grinham earlier today.


Hockey captain England's closing ceremony flag bearer

England's flag bearer at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony will be women's hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh.

Kate Richardson-Walsh will carry England's flag at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old whose team narrowly missed out on a gold medal when they lost to Australia on penalties has returned from four successive Commonwealths with a medal.

She was selected for the role in a vote by her fellow competitors.

She said: "It is such an honour, I think particularly because the whole of team England has performed so well. It just adds that extra bit of pride to be carrying the flag at the closing ceremony.

She added:" I am just so excited. I am just hoping I don't trip over, to be honest."

Wales Geraint Thomas wins gold in the cycling road race

Geraint Thomas made history by becoming the first Welshman to win a gold medal in the cycling road race.

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas celebrates his gold medal finish. Credit: PA

The 28-year-old recovered from a late puncture which saw him have to change wheel, to hold off New Zealand's Jack Bauer and England's Scott Thwaites who battled to silver and bronze in a sprint finish.

Thomas who won bronze in the individual time trial will carry the Welsh flag at the Games closing ceremony today.

Clegg: Scottish leader 'gauche' for games remarks

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has accused his Scottish counterpart of trying to gain a political advantage from the Commonwealth Games.

Nick Clegg called Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview with the Observer newspaper: "The momentum is with us and as we come out of the Commonwealth Games at the weekend that is us into the final strait of the campaign and that momentum will be visible."

But at a training session of Murrayfield Wanderers in Edinburgh, Clegg said: "I think it was very misplaced and gauche of Nicola Sturgeon this morning to try and extract political advantage from the Commonwealth Games."

The leader of the Liberal Democrats added: "I never for one minute thought that sport, and the fact that everyone can enjoy watching Commonwealth sport, was suddenly going to influence how people vote on the future of Scotland - whether it remains in the UK or not."

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