2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: Organisers admit they 'stuffed up' as Channel Seven hosts open fire

As the ceremony wrapped up, Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas were quick to defend Seven's coverage amid criticism they did not show vision of the athletes entering the stadium.

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie has now admitted organisers 'stuffed up'.

Commonwealth Games: Scottish runner Callum Hawkins misses marathon gold after collapsing 2km from finish line

Hawkins had looked set for a comfortable victory when he opened a lead of more than two minutes over Australia's Michael Shelley on the Gold Coast.

But in the closing kilometres Hawkins began to be affected by the heat, with the temperature having reached 28 degrees by the late stages of the race.

He started swaying towards the roadside curve and even crashed into the spectator area next to the course just ahead of the Sundale Bridge in Southport.

Commonwealth Games: Caster Semenya's double mission complete as she enjoys some Gold Coast adulation

A commanding win in the women's 800-metre final saw the South African double up on her earlier 1,500m victory to clinch the 800-1500 double she just missed out on at last year's world championships.

Both golds in Carrara came in Commonwealth Games record time.

But where the 1,500m win came amid talk of indifference from other athletes which has long surrounded her due to her hyperandrogenism (meaning she has an excess of male sex hormones in her body, including testosterone) the 800m victory came in seemingly friendlier conditions.

Commonwealth Games: Zharnel Hughes disqualified for hitting Jereem Richards

Hughes was disqualified on the grounds he impeded Trinidad and Tobago's Richards in Thursday night's final at Carrara Stadium.

England lodged an appeal in the aftermath but it was unsuccessful and the disqualification stood.

Hughes had been leading Richards, who was in the lane to his left, by about a metre halfway down the home straight.

Richards was drawing level with Hughes less than 20 metres from the finish line when he was struck by the Englishman's straying left arm.

Commonwealth Games: Scotland's Duncan Scott emerges as new swimming star after 100m win

For much of the men's 100m freestyle final, it looked like South Africa's Chad Le Clos was on course to take out the coveted title, with Australia's Kyle Chalmers in red-hot pursuit.

Chalmers was just about an inch behind Le Clos as the pair closed in towards the finish.

But unbeknownst to the stars of the show, motoring along stealthily in lane six and gaining pace all the time, a Scottish underdog stretched out an arm to touch on just in front of the stellar pair, who dead-heated for second.

Commonwealth Games: Split in Pacific ranks over transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard

Since Hubbard became eligible to compete in international events at the start of last year, she has polarised views in the weightlifting community, particularly in the Pacific.

Head coach of the Samoan team Jerry Wallwork remains firmly opposed to Hubbard competing at the Games.

"A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through, but in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter," he said.

Secretary-general of the Oceania Weightlifting Institute Paul Coffa takes a much more conciliatory line.