The final medal has been awarded, the last anthem played, and some of the temporary venues are already being dismantled. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is over and it's on to Victoria, Australia in four year's time. Owen Morgan reflects on what he has seen. Birmingham, you were absolutely bostin'! From the weather to the welcome . . . with a huge dollop of world class sport in between.
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Charlotte CAREY (WAL) and Anna HURSEY (WAL) after they beat WONG Xin Ru (SGP) and ZHOU Jingyi (SGP) in the women's doubles bronze medal match at The NEC on Monday. Charlotte CAREY (WAL) - bronze
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Ioan CROFT (WAL) after beating Stephen ZIMBA (ZAM) in the men's welterweight gold medal bout on points at The NEC on Sunday. Ioan CROFT (WAL) - gold
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) after winning gold in the hoop final at Arena Birmingham on Saturday. Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) - gold On her mum getting emotional as she was interviewed in the crowd after her gold medal performance: “I’m not surprised as she is a very emotional person. She has been through this journey with me so she knows the struggles I have had to go through."
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Geraint THOMAS (WAL) after taking bronze in the men’s individual time trial at West Park on Thursday. Geraint THOMAS (WAL) - bronze
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