GOLD COAST – The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Game’s success was not just in the gold medal count.
With a focus of the event being inclusiveness, there were a number of notable Games’ firsts.
Gold Coast 2018 set a record for the most gold winning nations, as well as the widest distribution of medals (43 countries).
Five countries won their first Commonwealth Games medals here at the Gold Coast, while lawn bowls was the sport which broke the most new ground.
Jamaica competed in lawn bowls for the first time, while Malta (bronze in women’s fours) and Cook Islands (bronze in men’s pairs) won medals in the sport for the first time. A Norfolk Island men’s bowls team won a medal for the first time in the men’s triples.
Diamanto EVRIDIPIOU is Cyprus’ first individual all-around gold medal winner in rhythmic gymnastics.
Rhys McLennaghan (NIR) won Northern Ireland’s first gymnastics medal by winning gold on pommel horse.
Bermuda and South Africa won their first Commonwealth Games triathlon gold medals with Flora DUFFY (BER) and Henri SCHOEMAN (RSA) winning the women’s and men’s individual events.
Scotland claimed its first triathlon medal when Marc AUSTIN finished third in the men’s race.
South Africa’s Chad LE CLOS became the first male swimmer to win the same event (the 200m butterfly) at three consecutive Commonwealth Games and came close to equalling the all-time record of 18 Commonwealth Games medals, with his haul at GC2018 bringing his total to 17.
Other firsts in the pool at GC2018 include Tatjana SCHOENMAKER becoming the first South African female swimmer to win Commonwealth gold in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Dylan CARTER won Trinidad and Tobago’s first Commonwealth Games swimming medal, a silver in the 50m butterfly.
Botswana won gold in men’s and women’s 400m in athletics for the first time.
It was the first time Australia won 28 gold medals in swimming
The Cyprus men competed as a team at the Commonwealth Games for the first time, finishing fourth in artistic gymnastics
Jamaica and Zambia men’s rugby sevens teams made their debuts.
Credit: GNS Gold Coast