Does the Commonwealth Games have a future?
England were soundly beaten by Australia, Scotland and Wales had their best overseas results, and Northern Ireland matched their medal total of four years ago - but what is the reality behind the Commonwealth Games numbers?
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". India remains number three on the table with 25 golds and 59 medals overall. "It's a surreal experience, winning your first worldwide medal on a big stage". Neeraj Chopra became the first javelin thrower from India to win a gold at the Games, while Mary Kom also won a medal of the same colour in her first (and probably last) CWG.More news: UK MPs, Celebrities Push For New Referendum On Final Brexit Deal
Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolts plays the DJ desks during the closing ceremony.
Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.
Men still rule South African sport.
Nine world records fell and 83 Games records were broken, while five countries won Commonwealth medals for first time ever in the 21st instalment of the Commonwealth Games.
South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya also highlighted her versatility with a commanding 800m-1,500m double at Carrara Stadium. It was hockey where Indian promise fell short as the Indian hockey players from both men's and women's teams failed to secure even a bronze medal.More news: Crews Battle House Fire In Bordeaux
Under Sjoerd Marijne's tutelage, the team had ended 2017 on a relatively high note - picking up the gold at the Asia Cup and a third-place finish at the Hockey World League Final. 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.
Never before had a team other than Australia or New Zealand contested the final, let alone won it.
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.
"(The closing ceremony) was put together by some arty farty entertainment organiser who doesn't know what the Games is all about", Koch said. He is such a powerful athlete and I noticed that when he left the dive board a big spray of water was coming off his body as he spun around.More news: Patriots' Rob Gronkowski will not attend start of Patriots' offseason program