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4,500 athletes, 71 nations & territories, 275 golds - Commonwealth Games to begin on Gold Coast

More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will compete for 275 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, which begin today. There will be the same number of men's and women's medal events for the first time at a major multi-sport event.

Gold Coast 2018 also includes the largest ever programme of disability sport at a Commonwealth Games. More than 2.4 billion people - nearly a third of the world - will be represented over 12 days in Australia.

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