After 11 days of competitive sport taking place in Scotland the Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close for Glasgow 2014. It was a fantastic opportunity for Glasgow to show off their beautiful city and for Britain to show off their spectacular talents. England won 174 medals – consisting of 58 golds, 59 silvers and 57 bronzes – resulting in Glasgow being officially England’s best Commonwealth Games in history (as well as beating Australia the the first time in 28 years!).
Some highlights included watching Usain Bolt, the 6 time Olympic champion who won yet another gold medal during the Commonwealth games. Despite the 23 year old English Danny Talbot loosing to Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100m relay, the sprinter said he’d trained all his life to race against Bolt since he broke his first world record in the 100m in Beijing 2008- a true honour for him. Another impressive competitor was the English gymnast Claudia Fragapane, at the young age of 16 she managed to win a staggering 4 gold medals during the games with her fabulous floor routine being a particular highlight. Fragapane has an exciting career ahead of her and is certainly one to watch in the Rio Olympics 2016 where she’ll compete again. Scottish born 13 year old Erraid Davies competed in the SB9 100m Breaststroke and made history by becoming the youngest person to ever compete at the Commonwealth games, as well as winning a Bronze medal contributing to Scotland’s fourth place in the Commonwealth Games with 53 medals in total.
As ever, the closing ceremony at Hampden Park provided a wonderful ending to the Commonwealth games in Glasgow with over 6.8 million viewers switching on back home . Kylie Minogue stole the show with her 7 song set with the Australian athlete Genevieve LaCaze coming on stage briefly celebrating her 25th Birthday in true style- a day I’m sure she’ll never forget! Scottish bands Lulu and Deacon Blue also made appearances with lots of fireworks, tartan, dancing and signing which concluded the amazing Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014. So for now Peppermint say a big goodbye to Scotland after setting up camp for the past few weeks, but don’t worry we’ll be back for the Glasgow Summer Sessions….be sure to see us there with a chilled beer (or some of our new favourite Irn Bru!)
Written by Anthony Pilling, Edited by Laura Thompson