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From Vinicius to Super Mario: Brazil braves rain to pass on baton to Japan in dazzling finale

Brazil give memorable sendoff on Olympic stage; Next up are Super Mario and Japan

Ayush Chatterjee 22 August 2016, 10:20 PM

A couple stands in the rain as they watch the Olympic Closing Ceremony on a big screen in Rio Image: Getty

Beginning of the end: The Closing Ceremony begins at the Maracana Image: Getty

Nothing can end in Brazil without the Samba and colour Image: Getty

After the Samba came the funny part. Dancers dressed as flowers and fruits perform during the Closing Ceremony Image: Getty

Olympians Kaori Icho of Japan, Pita Taufatofua of Tongo and Yusra Mardini of the Refugee Olympic Team wave to the crowd inside the Maracana during the finale Image: Getty

The sky above the Maracana was lit up splendidly with fireworks Image: Getty

Fish-eye view inside the Maracana during the Closing Ceremony of Rio 2016 Image: Getty

Japanese flags create a melee in front of a pipe before the passing of the Olympic baton Image: Getty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared in the guise of Mario to accept the Olympic baton as the games move to Tokyo in 2020 Image: Getty

A fan uses the Brazilian flag to shield himself from the rain as the Closing Ceremony winds up Image: Getty

The lights finally dim in Rio as the Olympic Games draw to a close Image: Getty

Through economic crisis and medical emergencies, Brazil and its indomitable spirit weathered many a storm to give the world a memorable Olympiad. Rio was a gracious host for many athletes who lived their dreams and created history at the Games.

While greats like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt cemented their greatness, youngsters like Joseph Schooling and Shaunae Miller etched their names in the books forever with their heroics.

China were not able to match their usual standards as their gold medal tally fell sharply in contrast to Bejing and London

Great Britain will look back fondly, having edged China in the medals tally for the first time.

Indians PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik will be lauded for their heroics in Brazil for a long time after they won a bronze and a silver respectively for the nation.

The closing ceremony brought with it an end to the ‘Carnival’ atmosphere in Rio and we will certainly remember the Games for all the good memories it gave us.

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