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Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK

Aussies top medals table

Australia comfortably topped the medals table at the Commonwealth Games.

Swimming medals
Nation, total, gold, silver, bronze
1 Australia 48
(27G, 13S, 8B)

2 England 32
(10G, 8S, 14B)

3 South Africa 15
(3G, 9S, 3B)

4 Scotland 5
(1G, 2S, 2B)

Their fine final night at the pool took their tally to 82 gold medals, and 206 overall.

Australia now have an all-time Games total of 1,879 - 159 more than second-placed England.

But the host nation made up some of the ground which had been lost in recent years, as they finished second, with 54 golds among a total of 165 - their best-ever haul.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was India's superb performance to take third place overall in the medals table with 32 golds edging out Canada (31 golds).

The Indian team reaped rewards for strong performances in the shooting, weightlifting and wrestling events.

Scotland enjoyed a good Games, finishing ninth overall in the medals table with 30 medals altogether, including six golds.

That tally was up from just 12 four years ago at the last Games in Kuala Lumpar.

Athletics medals table
Nation, total, gold, silver, bronze
1 England 29
(12G, 6S, 11B)

2 Australia 28
(9G, 9S, 10B)

3 South Africa 8
(5G, 1S, 2B)

4 Kenya 16
(4G, 8S, 4B)

And Wales were 11th with 31 medals including four golds, 15 silvers and 12 bronzes. That was more than double their total of 15 in Malaysia.

Northern Ireland were 17th with two golds, two silvers and a bronze. They also won five medals four years ago.

Overall, 39 of the 72 competing nations won a medal at the Games.

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