The Birmingham Commonwealth Games have come to a close with a explosive closing ceremony.

The final ceremony celebrated 11 days of sporting competition which has been described as one of the best ever.

More than 1.5 million tickets were sold as spectators packed into venues, creating a buzz that may lead to a possible Olympic bid in the future.

“These Games have been bold, buzzing and absolutely brilliant,” Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin told a capacity crowd at Alexander Stadium during the closing ceremonies.

A total of 877 medals were awarded, 97 new Commonwealth records set, and four world records broken during the event.

For the first time at a major multi-sport event there were more medal events for women (136) than men (134) at the Commonwealth Games and a record eight integrated para-sports with podium finishes counting in the overall medal standings.

Australia, which will be hosting the Games for the third time in the last six editions in 2026, once again topped the medal table with 67 gold and an overall haul of 178.

George Miller became the oldest gold medallist in the history of the Commonwealth Games when the 75-year-old helped Scotland to victory in the B2/B3 mixed pairs bowls.

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