Top 10 memorable moments: From weightlifters and boxers going berserk, to Kiwis getting emotional, this Comm Games had it all!

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast coming to an end, 1 NEWS NOW takes a look back at some of the memorable moments which made it so entertaining!

Clay Waterman was speaking with Irena Smith after winning last when his rival decided to let his feelings known. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

1: A defeated Zambian boxer launched an astonishing foul-mouthed tirade at his Australian rival, busting in on his opponent's interview by a TVNZ Te Karere reporter.

Liti won gold in the 105kg division and didn’t hesitate to help injured silver medallist Lautiti Lui. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

2: Kiwi gold medal weightlifting hero David Liti showed great sportsmanship after his medal ceremony on Monday night, offering to assist his Samoan rival who was left in a wheelchair after injuring himself in the men's 105kg+ weightlifting final.

Steven Kari recorded a new Games record with a 216kg lift in the clean and jerk. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

3: It wasn't all happy scenes at the Commonwealth Games weightlifting after Papua New Guinea lifter Steven Kari won gold in the 94kg category, his Canadian rival lost the plot backstage.

Pascoe won the women's SM10 individual medley and had to be assisted by staff after a post match interview. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

4: Kiwi swimming hero Sophie Pascoe collapsed after her gold medal win in the pool.

The Kiwi lifter failed in her attempts to lift a Commonwealth Games record 132kg. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

5: Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard suffered a career ending injury going for a record lift.

Callum Hawkins of Scotland was overtaken by Australia's Michael Shelley close to the end of the race. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

6: Shocking scenes engulfed the men's marathon at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, as the race leader collapsed to the ground in exhaustion.

Dame Valerie Adams spoke at a Commonwealth Games medal celebration about her life since Kimoana was born, offering the Prime Minister some words of advice. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

7: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has Dame Valerie Adams to thank for a key piece of new parenting advice.

The Kiwi super heavyweight was jubilant after his performance tonight. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

8: Kiwi weightlifter David Liti falls to his knees to share emotional hug with his coach after winning gold.

The Kiwi pair went down to India in a thrilling mixed doubles squash semi-final. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

9: Joelle King consoled a disconsolate Paul Coll after their mixed doubles squash loss.

The Ferns' skipper couldn't hide her upset at today's defeat. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

10:Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant couldn't hide her emotions, reduced to tears after New Zealand's 54-45 loss to England at the Commonwealth Games.


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Athletes who vanished during Commonwealth Games turn up in Sydney

A group of athletes who disappeared while they were supposed to be competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last month have finally resurfaced with their visas due to expire later tonight.

Daily Telegraph reports that the group of African athletes who went missing are now consulting with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Approximately 19 athletes disappeared during the Games, including five boxers and three wrestlers from Cameroon - one of whom was meant to face Kiwi fighter David Nyika in the heavyweight section quarter-finals.

The Australian Government emphasised during last month's event that the athletes had not breached their visas by leaving the athletes' village but they were warnings they would be tracked down as well as an urge to depart before the visas expired today.

"If they don't want to be held in detention or locked up at the local watch house, they'd better jump on a plane before the 15th and comply with their visa's conditions," Australia's Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton said.

It isn't the first case of athletes disappearing during the Commonwealth Games. 

In 2012, seven athletes from Cameroon were reported missing while back in 2006 in Melbourne, 14 athletes from Sierra Leone were eventually granted asylum after more than 40 competitors went missing.

Cameroon weightlifter Olivier Matam went missing during the Commonwealth Games.
Cameroon weightlifter Olivier Matam went missing during the Commonwealth Games. Source: Getty


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Police appeal for public's help to recover David Nyika's stolen Comm Games gold medal

Police want to speak to people seen on CCTV at an Auckland store over the Commonwealth Games gold medal that was stolen from boxer David Nyika.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

Nyika, who defended his Glasgow heavyweight gold with a win over Australia's Jason Whately, was in Auckland last month when he noticed his medal, as well as some vouchers, had been stolen from his car.

He reported the theft to police on April 29.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

Detective Sergeant Paul Slater of Hamilton Tactical Crime Unit says police are interested in speaking to the people seen in these CCTV video still in this story taken at a store in Onehunga.

"Obviously a Commonwealth Games medal is very distinctive and of high sentimental value to the victim and his family, our priority is to return this medal to its rightful owner," he said.

Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Police want to talk to this person or anyone who recognises this person in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: NZ Police

"We want to speak to anyone who has information or was in the area at the time, we believe someone will know where it is or who these people are in these photos so we can speak to them."

"We also want to speak to the people pictured as we believe they can help us with our inquiries.

Nykia won the medal on the Gold Coast, and says it holds plenty of sentimental value for him. Source: 1 NEWS

Nyika said he was confident the police would find the culprits and his medal.

"At first I was quite embarrassed about it, but now I'm just angry.

"I just want the medal back. It's almost worthless to anyone but me, you know, so I really hope I can get it back."

If anyone has information they can contact Detective Sergeant Paul Slater on (07) 858 6200.

Nyika defeated Jason Whateley by unanimous decision at the Comm Games in the 91kg division. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

The 22-year-old dominated his Aussie rival Jason Whateley in the final to win by unanimous decision in the men’s 91kg division. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police want to talk to this person (in the inset) or anyone who recognises this person (inset) in relation to the theft of a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Source: Photosport

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Commonwealth champion Julia Ratcliffe learned hammer throw in the backyard

Many of New Zealand’s greatest rugby players and cricketers developed their skills in the backyard, but Commonwealth champion Julia Ratcliffe is probably the first to learn the hammer throw at home.

The Ratcliffes’ home facility is the perfect training ground for track and field's latest star with a total of 27 hammers, the lightest being 2kg and the heaviest being 8kg.

"Dad was out in the back yard with the 100 metre tape measuring out the logistics of where the hammer circle would go," Ratcliffe said.

It was high stakes for Ratcliffe’s dad and coach, Dave.

"If we would have hit the house my wife would have said 'off you go'," he said.

Surprisingly, it didn't start with the hammer for the 24-year-old, she showed promise in the hurdles, winning the North Island champs but found out the hard way running wasn't her thing.

"She would run 100 metres, she would get left for dead, everybody would always beat her, she was quite explosive but she wasn't really built to run anything over 20 metres," her dad said.

From plodder to an explosive thrower, Ratcliffe's victory on the Gold Coast her best result to date.

The Princeton economics graduate is taking some time away from the hammer after shouldering an injury for almost a year.

"So the joints that attach your collar bone to your sternum, so they were subluxing, so partially dislocating," Ratcliffe said.

She'll focus on rehab before eyeing up her next big event, the world champs in October next year.

Then it'll be Tokyo and the chance to compete at her first Olympics.

Trained by her dad in the backyard, Ratcliffe is the country's latest athletics star, even if running wasn't her thing. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It's been a bit of a whirlwind!' - Black Sticks women's star still coming to terms with historic gold medal

Black Sticks defender Sam Charlton says her side's Commonwealth Games success will be a pivotal moment for the side, having claimed their first ever gold medal on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand's 4-1 victory over arch-rivals Australia sealed the historic gold medal for New Zealand, with Charlton telling TVNZ1's Breakfast that the Black Sticks are still living with the euphoria of their triumph.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind!" she said.

"It was huge for us, obviously it's something that we've never achieved before.

"It's something we set out to do and we knew that it was going to be a really hard task. But to actually achieve that and come back and do that on behalf of our team and everyone back here, it was really special for us."

Charlton also added that the gold medal can be a stepping stone for future success, with a packed schedule on the cards for the Black Sticks.

"We have our World Cup in July, which is a huge pinnacle event for us."

"At the Commonwealth Games we achieved some really important milestones - we won our first shootout, which is a really big thing for us, and to win a final as well.

"Just proving to ourselves that we can do it against some of the best teams in the world is something that'll give us a huge amount of confidence going forward."

Defender Sam Charlton opened up on her side's victorious Commonwealth Games campaign. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games


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