Commonwealth Games live: Australia finishes atop Birmingham 2022 medal tally as closing ceremony hands over to Victoria 2026 – Michmutters

Commonwealth Games live: Australia finishes atop Birmingham 2022 medal tally as closing ceremony hands over to Victoria 2026

The closing ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has officially begun after 11 days of history-making sporting moments.

It comes after the Kookaburras won their seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the men’s hockey final, beating India 7-0 to give Australia its 67th and final gold of the Games.

Follow the closing ceremony live, see our athletes’ personal reflections of the Games and share your top moments from Birmingham 2022 by hitting the blue “leave a comment” button below.

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By Kelsie Iorio

Our athletes: Clay Mason Stephens

Clay’s unwaveringly positive attitude (and incredible cork hat) really stood out to me these Games.

He said after his all-around final that despite missing out on a medal, he “enjoyed (it) regardless of the result because I chose to do so.” Something we can all take with us!


By Kelsie Iorio

The athletes enter Alexander Stadium

Diver and Birmingham gold medalist Melissa Wu carried the Australian flag for usβ€”this is her fifth Commonwealth Games.

Lots of athletes on Team Australia and from other nations have already gone home, so the closing ceremony is a little more casual. But it looks like they’re having fun.

By Jon Healey


Sooooo, we have some more industrial workers doing some ‘Look down, look down’ type pushing and pulling of a very big metal structure. Looks like some sort of Mount Midoriyama.

But they’re playing Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, so all I can think of is this scene from Ocean’s 12.


Ohhhhhhhhh, it’s a worker shortage. They couldn’t lift it by themselves, and then a huge influx of immigrant families have arrived to help them lift the big horizontal metal thing into a big vertical metal thing.

It lights up with the word “TOGETHER”, pointing to Birmingham’s famed multicultural diaspora.

Performers lift a metal structure at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

By Kelsie Iorio

Our athletes: Kaye Scott πŸ₯ˆ

Referees stopped the 38-year-old’s gold medal bout in the light middleweight boxing division, putting a quick end to her hopes for gold.

But her Birmingham silver is still one-up on her Gold Coast bronze since 2018, and as she says herself: “Silver isn’t too bad.”


By Jon Healey

Come On Eileen kicks us off

After a recreation of Birmingham rebuilding and industrializing after World War II, Dexys Midnight Runners are out there doing their banger while dancers… work on an Amazon production line?

A man wearing unique attire sings into a microphone.
(Supplied: Seven Network)

Now they’re on the beers?! Lord Bezos won’t approve of that.

Performers hold up pints of beer during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
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By Kelsie Iorio

Our athletes: Tinka Easton πŸ₯‡

Tinka won Australia’s first gold medal in judo in two decades on her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham.

She says herself there are still big things coming β€” so it sounds like this won’t be the last we see of her.


By Kelsie Iorio

Our athletes: Cedric Dubler πŸ₯‰

Cedric made headlines in Tokyo for his selfless drive that helped Ash Moloney to a bronze medalβ€”well, this time, he’s got one of his own.

He stood alongside teammate and silver medalist Daniel Golubovic on the podium and says he’s “hungry for more”… or will, be after a nap. I’d be going for a lie-down after that too, mate.


By Kelsie Iorio

Your thoughts on the Games:

Hey Jon πŸ™‚ Hey Kelsie πŸ™‚ I can’t recall a Comm games more awesome to watch than 2022.


It’s been a good one, hey?

australian cricketers give each other a double high five
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By Jon Healey

Our athletes: Emma McKeon πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰

What more can be said about this woman?

The swimming may feel like a lifetime ago, but six gold medals, one silver and one bronze in Birmingham is a pretty timeless achievement.

It adds to her haul from Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018, giving her TWENTY Commonwealth Games medals. The most of any athlete in history.

And let’s not forget she’s also Australia’s most decorated Olympian, with five golds and 11 medals overall. to freak.


By Kelsie Iorio

Our athletes: Isabella Vincent

One of the babies of the Australian team and still in high school, Birmingham was Izzy’s first Commonwealth Games β€” but likely won’t be her last.

She says it’s been “an honor to rep the green and gold”and we hope to see this SA-based Para-swimmer again in Victoria in 2026!


By Kelsie Iorio

Your thoughts on the Games:

Well donate all Australian athletes. I am so proud of you all. Each of you have given your all for our wonderful country.


We’re with you, Lesley!

Tell us your favorite moments of the games by hitting the blue comment button above ☝️

two australian athletes smile and wave on a podium wearing gold medals
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By Kelsie Iorio

One final look at the medal tally

commonwealth games medal table with australia at the top followed by england canada india new zealand

It ended up pretty close β€” but Australia retains its place at the top of the tally with an incredible 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze.

By Jon Healey

Key Event

πŸ₯ˆ Table tennis: Australia falls short in women’s doubles final

Table tennis players Jian Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee smile with their hands on their hips on the podium at the Commonwealth Games.

Jian Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee were beaten 3-0 by Singapore pair Tianwei Feng and Jian Zeng.

Singapore started how they intended to go on, winning the first game 11-1. The last two were more contested, but both ended 11-8 in the favor of the Singaporeans.

Jee and Lay won bronze in the women’s team event last week as part of a six-medal haul for our table tennis team.

By Jon Healey

Key Event

πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰ Diving: Silver and bronze in mixed events

Shixin Li and Maddison Keeney grab the back of their legs as they flip during a synchronized dive.

last night Shixin Li and Maddison Keeney picked up silver in the mixed 3m springboard synchronized event.

They finished just 1.98 points behind winners Scotland, as both Aussie divers picked up their third medals of this Games.

climbing higher, Cassiel Rousseau and Emily Boyd added bronze in the synchro off the tall tower.

It’s Boyd’s first medal in Birmingham, while Rousseau added to his 10m gold and men’s 10m synchro bronze.

Emily Boyd and Cassiel Roussea touch their toes during a synchronized dive.

By Jon Healey

Key Event

πŸ₯‡ Hockey: Kookaburras maintain Commonwealth dominance against India

An Australian hockey player smiles and pumps his fists while holding a hockey stick.


The Australian men’s hockey team have won Commonwealth Games gold seven straight times.

This time they did it with a thumping 7-0 win (how fitting) over India.

Jacob Anderson and Nathan Ephraums scored doubles, usual suspects Flynn Ogilvie and Blake Govers got on the board too, as well as Tom Wickham.

It’s Australia’s 67th and final gold medal in Birmingham.

By Jon Healey

It’s almost over, fam

Hello and welcome to this, our final blog of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

We’ve got a couple of medals to wrap up before the closing ceremony, and we’ll also bring you some athletes’ reflections on the 2022 Games.

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