The 2014 Commonwealth Games came to a close on Sunday, with a spectacular day of action rounding off a Games to remember in Glasgow, Scotland.
Though Day 11 brought the curtain down on the 2014 competition, there was still plenty up for grabs, with 11 gold medals going on offer across a number of sports.
Below is a look at the winners of every medal at the close on Sunday and an analysis of the key stories of the final day.
|Badminton||Mixed Doubles||Chris Adcock, Gabrielle Adcock (ENG)||Chris Langridge, Heather Olver (ENG)||Imogen Bankier, Robert Blair (SCO)|
|Badminton||Women's Singles||Michelle Li (CAN)||Kirsty Gilmour (SCO)||P V Sindhu (IND)|
|Badminton||Men's Singles||Kashyap Parupalli (IND)||Derek Wong (SIN)||R V Gurusaidutt (IND)|
|Badminton||Women's Doubles||Vivian Kah Mun Hoo, Khe Wei Woon (MAS)||Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)||Gabrielle Adcock, Lauren Smith (ENG)|
|Badminton||Men's Doubles||Wee Kiong Tan, Wei Shem Goh (MAS)||Danny Chrisnanta, Chayut Triyachart (SIN)||Chris Langridge, Peter Mills (ENG)|
|Cycling||Women's Road Race||Lizzie Armitstead (ENG)||Emma Pooley (ENG)||Ashleigh Pasio (RSA)|
|Cycling||Men's Road Race||Geraint Thomas (WAL)||Jack Bauer (NZL)||Scott Thwaites (ENG)|
|Netball||Women's Netball||Australia||New Zealand||Jamaica|
|Squash||Mixed Doubles||Rachael Grinham, David Palmer (AUS)||Peter Barker, Alison Waters (ENG)||Kasey Brown, Cameron Pilley (AUS)|
|Squash||Men's Doubles||David Palmer, Cameron Pilley (AUS)||Adrian Grant, Nick Matthew (ENG)||Daryl Selby, James Willstrop (ENG)|
Adcocks Win Battle of England
Husband-and-wife pairing Chris and Gabby Adcock won the gold medal in mixed doubles badminton on Sunday, seeing off compatriots Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in some style. Though top seeds for the event, the Adcocks had plenty of work to do against the talented team of Langridge and Olver in the final, but they handled the task presented to them superbly.
It took them just 15 minutes to take the opening game, winning 21-9, before sealing the gold with a 21-12 victory in the second.
It was nothing more than their badminton deserved, though, with Langridge and Olver no match for Chris’ power and Gabby’s ability at the net.
Naturally, the praise came flooding in for the Adcocks, with former Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson one of many to congratulate the couple:
Fantastic performance by gabbywhite011 and @ChrisAdcock1 today.— Tanni Grey-Thompson (@Tanni_GT) August 3, 2014
The gold medals see the Adcocks become the first-ever married couple to win the Commonwealth mixed doubles title, and Chris was noticeably over the moon on Twitter soon after the triumph:
COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONS!! Wow, I will never get sick of hearing that!! A dream come true!!couldnt be happier!! #gold— chris adcock (@ChrisAdcock1) August 3, 2014
It also means that Gabby has completed a clean sweep of medal colours in the 2014 Games, winning silver with England in the mixed team event and bronze with Lauren Smith in the women’s doubles.
The perfect platform is now laid for the Adcocks to go on to enjoy future success, with the 2016 Olympics just around the corner. Based on their form in Glasgow, more medals could well be on the way.
Home Nations Reign Supreme in Cycling Road Races
Day 11 saw both the men’s and women’s cycling road race gold medals go up for grabs, and it turned out to be a fantastic day for British riders.
In the first race, England took both gold and silver in the women’s event, with Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley riding their way to glory.
The 25-year-old Armitstead now adds a gold medal to the Commonwealth silver she picked up four years ago and her Olympic silver from London in 2012, but she has her team-mate to thank for the privilege.
It was Pooley who set the pace in her last-ever cycling race, but with around seven kilometres to go, Armitstead overtook her team-mate to cross the line first. It was then Pooley’s job to hold up the pack and let Armitstead enjoy the moment, which she did perfectly, as commentator Anthony McCrossan commented upon:
While Pooley’s cycling career comes to an end with retirement, Armitstead’s is just beginning. She spoke to BBC Sport after the race to reflect on a fantastic achievement, saying, "This is something I have always dreamed about; it means so much to me. I am always a runner-up."
The taste of gold is something that Armitstead won’t want to give up now, and though Pooley won’t be alongside her in Brazil in two years’ time, she’ll be going for the title once again.
Wales’ Geraint Thomas then took the men’s gold, though it was much more of a dramatic experience than Armitstead’s triumph.
The Welshman rode superbly to get himself in front in the final lap, before a puncture almost ended his quest for gold. However, so convincing was the lead that Thomas had established, he had time to change the flat and power toward victory, leaving former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards to reflect on what almost wasn’t to be:
It was thought that fatigue may have been a problem for Thomas coming fresh from the Tour de France, but he proved that he's in phenomenal shape with a stunning ride. His medal was the fifth and final gold for Wales in a Games that saw Great Britain's athletes do themselves proud.
With England topping the medal table and hosts Scotland sitting fourth, the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be looked back upon as one of the finest in British history, and it’s safe to say that their road to glory has been an exciting one.