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Did not anticipate India doubling their medal count: Canada

other Updated: Oct 15, 2010 17:00 IST

With a tally of 75 medals, Canada were hoping for a top-three finish in the Commonwealth Games the country's officials said all their calculations were went haywire due to India's unexpected effort of 101 medals.

"We're pretty much right on target. We knew we would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 75-80. Right now we are at 75," Director of Sports, CWG Canada, Scott Stevenson said.

Canada pulled off 26 gold, 17 silver and 32 bronze in the event which drew to a close last night. The final medal tally of Canada put them in the fourth position, just behind England.

"We did anticipate that would put us in to the third place. We did not anticipate our counterparts in India to do as well as they did. We knew they would do better than they did in Melbourne. But we didn't anticipate them virtually doubling their medal count which is pretty much where they are now," Stevenson said during the last press conference of Team Canada in the press centre of the Pragati Maidan on Thursday.

Stevenson attended the meet with their three gold medalist Tara Alice Whitten (Gold, Time-trial Road), Ohenawa Akuffo (Gold medallist, Wrestling) and Christine Girard (Gold, Weightlifting) along with other team officials.

But Stevenson congratulated India for organising the Games in an exceptional manner.

"Our hats go off to them. That's been an exceptional performance. It really is a testament of the values of hosting the Games.

"Not only hosting the Games but doing the work that needs to be done for athletes and coaches from the host country as they prepare to compete in the Games."

India put on a spectacular show to bring down the curtains on the mega-event.