GLASGOW, Scotland — The Commonwealth Games ended Sunday with England winning the overall gold medal race and the country it usurped – Australia – hoping for better things in four years when it will play host to the multi-sports event that attracts athletes from countries aligned with the former British Empire.
The first gold Sunday went to cyclist Lizzie Armistead in the road race, and the English added another in badminton later in the day to increase its total to 58, nine clear of Australia.
It marked the first time since 1990 that Australia, which won four events on the last day, hadn’t led the gold race at the Commonwealth Games. Athletes from Down Under will have a chance to return to first place when the Gold Coast in Queensland state plays host to the games in 2018.
Armitstead, who finished second in the London Olympics road race and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, led an England one-two finish in the 61-mile race on the wet streets of Glasgow.
“Now I can call myself a champ, not a runner-up,” she said. “It was special, something I’ve always dreamed about.”
Elsewhere on the final day:
AUSTRALIA STREAK: Australia beat India 4-0 to win its fifth consecutive men’s field hockey gold. England beat New Zealand 4-2 in a penalty shootout to take the bronze medal after the teams were level 3-3 after regulation time ended.
NETBALL GOLD: Australia easily beat defending champions New Zealand 58-40 for gold in netball; Jamaica beat England 52-48 for bronze.
FAMILY FIRST: In the all-England mixed team badminton final, the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock won the gold medal, beating Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.
Michelle Li, of Canada, won the women’s singles gold, beating Kirsty Gilmour, of Scotland. Kashyap Parupalli, of India, won gold in men’s singles, beating Derek Wong, of Singapore.