England tops Games medal table
England has topped the medal table as the sporting action at the Glasgow Games draws to a close.
The final stretch of the 11 day competition saw the home nations grab their last chance for Commonwealth glory before the Commonwealth baton is handed to Australia at tonight's closing ceremony.
England's road cyclists triumphed in the torrential rain conditions, with team mates Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley taking gold and silver. In the men's event there was gold for Wales' Geraint Thomas and silver for England's Scott Thwaites.
In badminton Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour took home a silver in the women's singles and there were further gold and silver medals for England in the mixed doubles gold medal match.
Success on the squash courts saw Team England win a further two silvers and a bronze medal, taking their Glasgow 2014 total to 174.
Australia and Canada followed with 137 and 82 medals respectively. Host nation Scotland finished the Games on 53 medals.
Organisers paid tribute to everyone they said had made the Games a success - from the athletes and volunteers to the people of Glasgow who welcomed the 71 nations and territories to their city.
The competition saw more than 140 Commonwealth and several world records broken.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said the Games could be summed up as "gallus and glittering".
Gallus, he said, means cheeky, colourful and confident - like Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt when he donned a tartan "tammy" hat at the Hampden athletics track last night.
He said all the athletes would return home with "glittering" memories of the Games and singled out the success of young Scottish swimmer Erraid Davies.
Mr Salmond said: " I would say that capturing the hearts of the nation was our youngest ever medal winner, 13-year-old Erraid Davies from Shetland, making the point that (it was) not just an exceptional achievement from a wonderful young lady but also that para athletes were fully integrated into the games and they, just like every other member of Team Scotland and the other teams, gave their all to the Games."
He added: " The overwhelming impression of Glasgow and Scotland's Games is of a job extremely well done. We hope we have taken the baton on for the Commonwealth and present it to the Gold Coast in fine order.
"This wonderful display of international friendship and cultural exchange, as well as sporting endeavour, can now go from strength to strength and we're delighted with that."
Louise Martin, chair of sportscotland, said the nation had proved itself on the sporting stage as athletes and as competition hosts.
She said: "Quite simply, Glasgow 2014 has been a Commonwealth Games to remember. The performances of Team Scotland exceeded all expectations, with a haul of 53 medals and personal bests galore.
"The 19 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals won across 10 sports is a truly remarkable achievement and will undoubtedly have inspired countless children and young people to get involved in sport as they aim to emulate their new heroes.
"Scotland has proved itself as a truly world-class destination for sport and everyone at sportscotland is now looking forward to using this momentum to continue developing sport at all levels throughout the country."
Mike Cantlay, chairman of tourism body VisitScotland, said there had been unprecedented numbers of visitors and spectators keen to experience the atmosphere of Glasgow.
He said: "This has been our chance show the world the iconic pillars of Scotland - our cities, our landscapes, our history, our culture, our world-class venues and of course our people.
"The warmth of the Scottish welcome has played a starring role throughout this entire competition and will be a lasting memory of the Games."