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Aussies tank at Commonwealth Games

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Australia’s performance at this year’s Commonwealth Games is the worst since 1986, with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) promising to investigate.

According to a Fairfax report, Glasgow was the first Games in 64 years without a weightlifting gold medal, and in athletics, Australia’s tally of eight gold medals was the most modest since 1978.

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AIS chief executive Matt Favier said that certain sports would be evaluated ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The agency, which is responsible for dividing up $120 million of sport funding, said that the total medal count, especially in gold, was a lot lower than expected.

“We’re pretty happy with the overall performance of athletes generally, but certainly there are some sports in an evaluation sense will look back and certainly dive into a bit of detail,” said Mr Favier.

“With some sports we’ll be having conversations with them around their performance here, and what does that indicate for us as a nation with regards to Rio.”

Other issues that will be addressed following Glasgow include the Eric Hollingsworth fiasco, where the athletics coach was sent home after publicly criticised hurdler Sally Pearson.