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Glasgow 2018 comes to a close

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Hundreds of thousands of people attended sporting and cultural events in and around the city for the European Championships.

Riders during the Men’s Road Race on day 11 of the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow

Fans took to the streets for the final day of the European Championships in Glasgow.

Glasgow 2018 is the biggest sporting event the city has hosted since the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow staged six sports – aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon – while Berlin hosted the athletics.

The big draw on Sunday for Glasgow 2018, after 11 days of competition, was the men’s cycling road race.

Heavy rain led to several crashes as cyclists sped around city streets lined with spectators, with Italy’s Matteo Trentin taking gold.

European Championships 2018 – Day Eleven
Italy’s Matteo Trentin celebrates winning the Men’s Road Race (John Walton/PA)

Gleneagles played host to the men’s and women’s European Golf Team Championships, with gold medals going to Spain and Sweden respectively.

Other events on the final day included gymnastics, diving and open water swimming at Loch Lomond.

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European Championships 2018 final day
Great Britain’s James Hall competes on the horizontal bar on the final day of Glasgow 2018 (Jane Barlow/PA)

And once the sporting events in Glasgow had finished, Scotland continued to make an impact with Scotland’s Laura Muir taking gold in the 1,500m in Berlin as fellow Scot Eilish McGolgan won silver in the 5,000m.

Athletes from the Russian Federation were handed the inaugural winning nations trophy at a ceremony in George Square after collecting 31 gold medals.

George Square also hosted the closing party for the games, organised by Celtic Connections and featuring Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and long-running “acid-croft” folk fusion band Shooglenifty.

Prior to the weekend, organisers said 140,000 tickets had been sold and more than 220,000 people had attended free sport and cultural events.

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