How England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fared at Birmingham 2022

Birmingham hosted the XXII Commonwealth Games, with the event being held on British soil for the third time this century after Manchester in 2002 and Glasgow eight years ago.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at how home countries fared this summer.

England

England gymnast Jake Jarman shows off his four gold medals won at Birmingham 2022 (Jacob King/PA)

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Gold: 57Silver: 66Bronze: 53Total: 176 (second in the medal table)Star: Jake Jarman (gymnastics)

Summary: England closed the gap on Australia, first in the medal standings from four years ago, finishing second with 10 less gold medals and just two in total behind their rivals in southern hemisphere. Jake Jarman became the first male gymnast to win four gold medals at these Games and success was at all levels with athletes in cycling, diving, 3×3 basketball, rhythmic gymnastics and triathlon among those who shone. Hockey gold was won by women for the first time, the 4x100m relay team did well on the track, and Olympic champion Adam Peaty made headlines winning and losing in the pool.

Scotland

Gold: 13Silver: 11Bronze: 27Total: 51 (sixth in the medal table)Star: Eilish McColgan (athletics)

Summary: Scotland served as the oldest gold medalist in Commonwealth Games history when George Miller won the para-bowls mixed pairs title at the age of 75. Eilish McColgan equaled her mother Liz’s gold in the 10,000m at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh for a first major title. , while Laura Muir was a popular 1500m winner. Boxers Sam Hickey, Sean Lazzerini and Reese Lynch achieved ring gold, and Duncan Scott showed his class in the pool. It was Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games outside of Glasgow 2014.

Wales

Wales’ Olivia Breen shows her joy after winning Commonwealth Games gold on the track (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Gold: 8Silver: 6Bronze: 14Total: 28 (eighth in the medal table) Star: Olivia Breen (para-athletics)

Summary: Wales fell short of their Gold Coast record 36 medals in 2018 and slipped below Scotland in the standings. But there were still plenty of golden moments with Olivia Breen’s excitement following her upset victory in the T37/T38 100m final lighting up the Alexander Stadium. Discus thrower Aled Sion Davies provided another para-athletics gold medal and rhythmic gymnast Gemma Frizelle won the hoop event. Gold medals for Rosie Eccles and Ioan Croft, and six medals in total, made them Wales’ most successful boxing team at the Games.

North Ireland

Gold: 7Silver: 7Bronze: 4Total: 18 (11th in medal table)Star: Boxing Team

Summary: Northern Ireland have rocketed up the medal table, thanks in large part to their brilliant boxing team. A haul of 18 medals saw them surpass their previous record of 15 at Edinburgh 1986. Siblings Michaela and Aidan Walsh were part of an extraordinary gold rush in the ring, joined on the podium by Dylan Eagleson, Amy Broadhurst and Jude Gallagher. . Swimmer Bethany Firth won the women’s S14 200m freestyle and lawn bowlers Sam Barkley, Adrian McKeown, Ian McClure and Martin McHugh triumphed in the men’s four.