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Drama-filled final day on Gold Coast

NET LOSS:Australia and New Zealand have always made the netball finals, but England snatched gold with a last-second goal as the Silver Ferns failed to medal entirely

AP, GOLD COAST, Australia

Earlier, Jamaica beat New Zealand 60-55 in the bronze medal match, meaning the Silver Ferns missed a Games netball medal for the first time.

Three-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia overcame a first-game loss to win the men’s badminton gold, beating India’s Srikanth Kidambi 19-21, 21-14, 21-14.

It was an all-Indian final in women’s singles, with Saina Nehwal beating Venkata Pusarla 21-18, 23-21 for gold.

Nehwal, who also won gold as part of India’s mixed team earlier in the tournament, last won the Commonwealth singles title in Delhi in 2010.

In the mixed doubles final, the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock beat the fellow England pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith 21-19, 17-21, 21-16.

With all medals decided, Australia overwhelmingly won the medal race, both gold (80) and overall (198).

Second-place England had 45 golds, India 26 and Canada and New Zealand had 15 each.

Australia’s gold total was still short of the 84 they won in Melbourne in 2006.

The biggest surprise in track and field was that Jamaica, featuring the world’s fastest active sprinter and the women’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion, did not win a gold medal in the sprints.

After Yohan Blake on Saturday anchored Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team to bronze, Bolt took to social media to openly question if he had retired too early.

The Jamaicans won 10 gold medals at the Games in Glasgow four years ago, but managed just seven on the Gold Coast.

Caster Semenya completed a middle-distance double by winning the 800m and 1,500m in Games-record times, while her fellow South African Akani Simbine won a coveted 100m title.

Off the fields, there were controversies over the Games’ non-needles policy involving two Indian athletes.

Triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi were banned from the Games and ordered to return home to India immediately after needles were found in the room they shared at the athletes’ village.

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