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Rio 2016 ends with spectacular closing ceremony

The Games of the 31st Olympiad came to an end on Sunday night with a spectacular closing ceremony in Rio.

The colourful ceremony, which lasted almost three hours in a wet Maracana, celebrated Brazil’s arts in a carnival-like atmosphere.

The ceremony featured a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame and the official handover to the Japanese capital, Tokyo, which will stage the next Games in 2020.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach officially brought the Games to a close after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.

The United States of America finished on top of the overall medal’s table with 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze medals, while Great Britain came second with 27 gold, 23 silver, and 17 bronze medals.

Nigeria placed 78th on the table after picking up just one bronze medal, courtesy the country’s under-23 national football team.

 

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