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The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the broadcast began and spent most of the ceremony cloaked in darkness as dignitaries took to a stage to shower praise on the April 4-15 Games.

Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers.

"We can't be any more honest about it than that", he added.

Singapore's Gao Ning, who suffered shattering defeats in the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, beat Nigeria's Quadri Aruna 11-7 11-8 5-11 3-11 11-9 11-5 in the men's singles final to collect his second table tennis gold of the day.

In a later television interview, Beattie said "did we stuff it up? Yes". "We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters".

"We don't really want to be integrated, we're Paralympians and they're Olympians", said Kelly Cartwright, an amputee who won long jump gold at the 2012 Paralympics and competed in the power-lifting on the Gold Coast.

Monday's medal parade comes after Sunday's closing ceremony left many people disappointed, with athletes leaving part-way through and spectators slamming the entertainment.

Established stars such as wrestler (and closing ceremony flag-bearer) Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., and swimmer Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., got to see where they stand at the midway point between Olympics, but the Gold Coast Games were also about who's next.

The marathons kicked off the final day of competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games and they got underway in blazing sunshine on the Gold Coast.

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Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast.

Simmone Bernetzke said she was completely surprised when a friend told her the athletes arriving to the stadium was not shown on screen. "Again, we got that wrong".

"It was a shame that the flag-bearer wasn't recognised".

Mr Beattie said he wanted to personally apologise to Australian flagbearer Kurt Fearnley.

Aussie para athlete Kurt Fearnley was rarely shown on the coverage as he led his team into the ceremony.

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent". I have sparred with her so I knew her game-plan well. We missed out on all of that.

The Whitby, Ont. native says he's bringing home more than a medal from these Games. "We don't like losing and I'm sure there's always going to be a "what if, what if".

On the swimming scene, coach Riddin said he had been told by Swimming SA that he would be credited as a personal coach for Tandy and "to celebrate my 40th year of coaching I made a decision to take the trip to the Gold Coast as I felt Brad was definitely in contention for a medal".

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