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Alex Bysouth

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  1. Until the next time...

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    Video caption: Birmingham - the next host city of the Commonwealth Games in four year's time - puts on a show in the Gold Coast 2018 closing ceremony
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    Well, that's it for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games of 2018.

    Next up, Birmingham in four years' time. It promises to be a cracker, if a little less sunny.

    It's just about time for us to wrap things up, so thank you for joining us throughout the past 11 days.

    Don't worry, you can still satisfy your Games fix with plenty of highlights available on the red button and via the BBC Sport website.

    And Today at the Games will be shown on BBC Two at 18:30 BST.

    Catch you then.

  3. Bolt takes to the decks

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    If you missed it earlier, then this is definitely worth another look... Usain Bolt took to the decks to get the party started during the closing ceremony, because who wouldn't want the fastest man in the world on the ones and twos?

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    "Put a little love in your heart," sings Archie Roach... and isn't that a lovely message to finish on.

    Plenty of fireworks to see the artists off stage at the Carrara Stadium - it's bright, bold and kind of bonkers too, but I hope you've all enjoyed it.

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    Time for an inspiring finale. Watch those tears... Archie Roach kicks us off, and it looks like he's about to be joined by the whole cast from tonight's closing ceremony performance.

    That's a lot of people. Hope the stage is big enough.

  6. A record-breaking Games

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    Alistair Watkins

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    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games set a record for the most gold medal-winning countries at a single Games.

    The previous best was 28 different medal winning nations, at Manchester 2002, but that mark has been surpassed over the past 11 days of competition.

    On the Gold Coast, 29 countries claimed gold, with medals shared between 43 countries, another record, beating the previous best of 39 which was set at Manchester 2002 and equalled at Melbourne 2006.

    Australia topped the medal table at GC2018 with 198 medals - 80 of them gold - but couldn’t improve its own record at Melbourne 2006 when the host nation won 221 medals, 84 gold.

    England finished second with 136 medals (45 gold), with India in third with 66 medals (26 gold).

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    Wherever there's a pop party, you can be sure our BBC crew aren't far away. And wouldn't you know it, here is Alistair Watkins with a few Commonwealth Games stats for you...

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    Good on The Veronicas, the chart-topping sisters from Brisbane who have opted to perform Can't Get You Out Of My Head.

    At least Kylie is here in spirit...

  9. Wait, is that Kylie?

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    Press Association's Matt McGeehan thought he'd spotted Kylie in the crowd...

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    Unfortunately for him, and us, he mistook an impersonator for the real Aussie pop legend.

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    Apparently the real Kylie had a gig in Germany last night, so is unlikely to make it back for the party on the Gold Coast.

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    There's a proper festival feel at the stadium now, the Awesome Aussie Sisters are blasting out top-notch vocals and the crowd, and the athletes for that matter, are lapping it up.

    A cracking way to finish a cracking Games.

    Next up, 2013 Australian X Factor winner Daml Im, simultaneously rattling out some superb piano and hitting the sort of notes you think you're nailing in the shower when you close your eyes... and ears.

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  11. Wales flagbearer - Gareth Evans

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    Commonwealth Games gold had been a long time coming for Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans, but 2018 would be the year that wait would end.

    In his third Games, the 31-year-old won Wales' - and the home nations' - first medal of the Games with victory in the men's -69kg.

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  12. Scotland flagbearer - Duncan Scott

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    If you didn't know Duncan Scott's name before these Commonwealth Games, you do now.

    The 20-year-old swimmer became Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Games with his one gold, one silver and four bronze medals in the pool.

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    Lizzie: I've never seen anything as bizarre as this closing ceremony, yet I can't look away

  14. Northern Ireland flagbearer - Rhys McClenaghan

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    Northern Ireland were yet to get a medal on the board but Rhys McClenaghan wasn't prepared to let it stay that way for much longer.

    The 18-year-old produced one of the shocks of the Games to win pommel horse gold ahead of Olympic champion Max Whitlock - a victory that will be remembered for a very, very long time.

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  15. England flagbearer - Jade Jones

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    A medal in one sport simply isn't enough for Jade Jones, she had to do it in two!

    Jones, 22, pulled off a magnificent achievement earlier this morning, winning bronze in the T54 marathon just one week after becoming England’s first ever female para-triathlon Commonwealth champion.

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    While the party continues in the Carrara Stadium, let's take a look at who was chosen to be our home nations flagbearers...

    Kira Puru performs
  17. Games proclaimed closed

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    The Gold Coast 2018 Games are officially proclaimed 'closed'!

    Here come the fireworks, and "11 awesome Aussie sisters" to sing us out... the words of young host Max Deffenti, not me.

    HRH Prince Edward. Earl of Wessex
  18. 'The people of Birmingham will help us welcome the Games'

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    Speaking to the BBC, Birmingham city council's Jacqui Kennedy said: "Congratulations to the Gold Coast for a wonderful Games. Today the people of Birmingham will help us welcome the Games during the handover ceremony and we have up to 400 young children involved.

    "The legacy will be to showcase our young talent and they will shine through today. We will accept the Commonwealth flag today and then it's on to our volunteers for their hard work in preparing the infrastructure.

    "Our Commonwealth Games will be a regional effort and events will be staged in Leamington Spa and Coventry but Birmingham is the host city.

    "It's going to be amazing."

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    Swaying flash-mob style in Birmingham's Victoria Square, these dancers have earned their money with this mammoth performance...

    And they finish by spelling out #BRUM.

    That was #EXCELLENT.

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    A performance from the streets of Birmingham to the tune of ELO's Mr Blue Sky - wishful thinking from the 2022 organisers?