Rio Olympics comes to an end

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The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.

The U.S. continues to dominate the Summer Games, as the Americans were all over the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA finished with a total of 121 medals.

Team GB has taken second place in the Olympic medal table with 67 medals - their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.

The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana.
Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

"These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city," said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.

"Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life."
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad 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 ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

AthletesJapan's Prime minister Shinzo Abev

  Comments - 10

  • Thanos Monday, 22 August 2016 10:37 AM

    South Asia is home to over 1.7 billion people yet, they won only 2 medals and no gold medals. India with population of over 1.2 billion managed to get those 2 medals. In contrast the African continent won over 30 medals including several golds. Shows how backwards South Asia is.

    ANTON Monday, 22 August 2016 11:14 AM

    Do all these gold meddle winners of USA were born in USA?

    Riz Monday, 22 August 2016 09:18 PM

    Most of them are African origin

    Riz Monday, 22 August 2016 09:19 PM

    also they dominate in killing innocents.

    Mm Monday, 22 August 2016 11:37 AM

    The Sri Lankan swimmer born in USA

    Jayaruwan Monday, 22 August 2016 12:04 PM

    Yes, all the gold medals were won by athletes born in the USA or born abroad but with both parents U.S. Citizens.3 silver and 1 bronze medal were won by athletes who gained citizenship later in life.

    kaboos Monday, 22 August 2016 12:17 PM

    USA dominate in every aspects whether its sports, politics etc.

    moda Monday, 22 August 2016 03:31 PM

    I was at the Olympics and One Sri Lankan or the so called patriot (not performer) cat.try the Sri Lankan flag over his head where all the flags are hoist by the organisers.

    samitha Monday, 22 August 2016 04:29 PM

    Sri Lanka has won Gold Medal for participating highest number of Officials comparing to Athletes.

    Thanos Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:31 AM

    Hahaha.... Brilliant one Samitha. That the comment of the year.


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