GALLERY: Glasgow Games hailed best ever
Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colourful closing ceremony on Sunday.
In a sporting festival recognised for the warmth of its welcome, the ceremony at Hampden Park fittingly celebrated the event loudly and proudly, much like the spectators have done at each sporting venue.
“The Commonwealth Games are known as the Friendly Games. Glasgow has succeeded in making them even more than that,” Prince Imran told the rejoicing crowd.
“These have truly been the people’s Games. Scotland, you have welcomed the athletes of the Commonwealth and have contributed to them realising their dreams on one of the world’s great sporting stages.
“Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever. Glasgow you were pure, dead brilliant.”
Britain's Prince Edward officially closed the Games after the CGF flag had been handed from Glasgow dignitaries to officials from Australia's Gold Coast, which will host the 21st edition of the event in four years.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue performs during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug 3, 2014. Photo: AFP
Australian singer Jessica Mauboy (right) and runner Sally Pearson present on stage during the closing ceremony. Photo: AFP
Canadian athletes wait for the closing ceremony. Photo: Reuters
India's Kashyap Parupalli holds his national flag as he celebrates beating Singapore's Derek Wong in the men's singles badminton gold medal final match. Photo: AFP
Silver medallist New Zealand's Jack Bauer stands on the podium during the Men's cycling road race medal ceremony. Photo: AFP
Canada's Michelle Li celebrates winning the gold medal during the women's singles badminton final against Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour. Photo: AFP
Geraint Thomas of Wales celebrates as he wins the men's cycling road race. Photo: Reuters
Australia's Kimberley Ravaillion (right) embraces a team mate as Australia celebrate winning the netball gold medal match between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: AFP
Jamaica's Bolt holds his gold medal after Jamaica won the men's 4x100m relay final. Photo: Reuters
South Africa's Khotso Mokoena celebrates winning the final of the men's triple jump. Photo: AFP
New Zealand's David Nyika cries on the podium after winning the gold medal in men's Light Heavy (81kg) boxing. Photo: AFP
England's Conrad Williams (centre) celebrates with teammates after taking gold in the final of the men's 4x400m relay. Photo: AFP
Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (left) and Australia's Andrew Moloney in contrasting reactions to the result of their flyweight boxing final. Photo: Reuters
Singapore's women's table tennis doubles pair Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu defeated Australia in the final. Photo: ST
Swimmer Joseph Schooling makes history by winning silver at the 100m butterfly. Photo: ST