Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony – BBC

09:13, 22 August 2016
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The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo, according to The BBC.


The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana, The BBC said.

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."

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The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

The Ukrainian national team ranked 31st with 11 medals, including two gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

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