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Team Wales overhaul Scotland in Gold Coast to finish best ever Commonwealth Games

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Wales stunned a global audience as one of the surprise packages of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which came to a close on Sunday.

The final medal figures were remarkable; 36 in total, with 10 golds – one more than eighth placed Scotland, 12 silvers and 14 bronze to put Team Wales seventh in the table.

And the heroics were not just limited to medal winning – the men’s rugby sevens side gave Fiji a real scare before suffering a last-gasp defeat while their female equivalents, the only amateur side in the competition, showed great heart.

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Anna Hursey, just 11, also impressed as she helped the table tennis team to the quarter-final stage.

Gracenote Sports stats, published on BBC Sport, indicate that Wales claimed 4.1% of all medals on offer, beating performances in 1986 and 1990 where they claimed 4% on both occasions.

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Here is the full list of Team Wales stars who finished on top of the podium in Australia:

  • Hollie Arnold – women’s F46 javelin
  • Olivia Breen – women’s T38 long jump
  • Sammy Lee – men’s 81kg boxing
  • Lauren Price – women’s 75kg boxing
  • Elinor Barker – women’s 25km cycling points race
  • Daniel Salmon & Mark Wyatt – men’s lawn bowls pairs
  • David Phelps – men’s 50m prone rifle shooting
  • Michael Wixey – men’s trap shooting
  • Alys Thomas – women’s 200m butterfly swimming
  • Gareth Evans – men’s 69kg weightlifting

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Nicola Phillips, chef de mission for Team Wales, described the youngsters in the squad as “fearless” in a post-games talk.

She said: “The future looks very bright when you look at the number of teenagers we had in the squad. Those teenagers were fearless.

“They weren’t put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders.”

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England finished second behind the hosts while Northern Ireland matched their total of 12 medals from Glasgow 2014 to end up 20th.

The 2022 iteration of the games will be held in Birmingham and their Team Wales will have realistic hopes of topping this year’s medal tally.