Delhi closes on a highDelhi put on a second flawless spectacle of song and dance yesterday to close the Commonwealth Games on a high after at one stage threatening to become a national embarrassment to India.

The US$6 billion Games started in crisis and struggled through a first week of organisational blunders before finally getting into its stride to leave athletes happy and a host nation proud of its best-ever showing in the sporting arena.

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NZ  win Commonwealth sevens gold medalNew Zealand won Commonwealth rugby sevens gold after recovering from 10 points down to beat Australia 24-17.

The Kiwis scored the last three tries of the Delhi final to secure their fourth successive Commonwealth title.
England missed out on a medal after losing 33-12 to New Zealand in the semi-finals and 17-14 to South Africa in the match for bronze.

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Oludamola Osayomi must wait to find out what action the IAAF will take. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPACommonwealth Games women's 100m gold medal winner Damola Osayemi has failed a drugs test.

She has been provisionally suspended until the result of her B sample is received on Wednesday.
The Nigerian, 24, was named champion on Thursday after Australia's Sally Pearson was controversially disqualified for a false start.

England's Katherine Endacott finished fourth but could now be handed silver if the decision is upheld.
The sprinter showed traces of a banned stimulant called methylhexaneamine, which has only recently been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

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Source: by Clayton Clarke.

 T&T’s medal winning athletes pose with chef de mission Arlene Knott at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi India, yesterday. From left, Roger Daniel, Ayanna Alexander, Knott, Cleopatra Borel Brown,and Rodney Allen. Photo: Clayton ClarkeT&T boxer Tariq Abdul Haqq qualified for the gold medal bout in the men’s super-heavyweight (+91kg) at the 19th Commonwealth Games at the Talkatora indoor Stadium, yesterday. Abdul Haqq, who won a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games earlier this year, out-punched Blaise Yepmou of the Cameroon by seven points to five in the semifinals.

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 (L-R) Silver medalist Andrea Miller of New Zealand, gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia, Andrea Bliss of Jamaica and Aleesha Barber of Trinidad and Tobago compete in the women's 100 metres hurdles final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in New Delhi, India. (October 10, 2010 - Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPacT&T disqualified in 4x100
T&T were disqualified in the men's 4x100 metres relay for a baton exchange outside the changeover zone in their qualifying round heat.

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Source:  By Dylan Cleaver

Hosea Gear beats the despairing dive of his Canadian opponent in New Zealand's first-round match, which the Kiwis won 43-7 yesterday. Photo / Brett PhibbsAbout the only thing that stopped this from looking like a scene out of any rugby country in the world was the hundreds of kites - of the avian variety - circling overhead, waiting for the players to move so they could swoop on the insects.
"I was looking out there before the game and there are some big suckers, aye," said New Zealand's first try-scorer of the tournament Kurt Baker.

Menacing birds aside, the venue is an oasis. Tucked away in leafy Delhi University, it is a world away from the hubbub of the city.There was some concern on Thursday when the electronic scoreboard came loose and smashed to the ground. It was fixed "with typical Swiss efficiency", according to a release.
Read into that what you will.

The facility is otherwise excellent, the surface near perfect and the stands were filling by the hour - could sevens emerge as one of the unlikely stars of the games?

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