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Aug
22

The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which combined numerous highlights with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed competition.

While South America’s first Olympics are over, safely and with a grandiose finale, many problems remain. Still, Brazil showed Sunday it still definitely knows how to party.

“These were marvelous Olympic Games in the ‘marvelous city’,” said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

While the stadium erupted in applause at that declaration, a few minutes later there were boos of sadness when Bach announced: “I declare the Games of the XXXI Olympiad closed.”

Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.— AFP
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.— AFP
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Brazilian singer Mariene de Castro performs during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Brazilian singer Mariene de Castro performs during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony.— AFP
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony.— AFP
Nicola White, second left, Sam Quek, centre, and Shona McCallin pose for photos.— AP
Nicola White, second left, Sam Quek, centre, and Shona McCallin pose for photos.— AP
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.—Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.—Reuters
Brazilian model Izabel Goulart performs during the closing ceremony.—AFP
Brazilian model Izabel Goulart performs during the closing ceremony.—AFP
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Light up shoes are held up during the ceremony in the Maracana stadium.— AP
Light up shoes are held up during the ceremony in the Maracana stadium.— AP
Athletes pose with dancers.— AP
Athletes pose with dancers.— AP
This picture shows an overview during the closing ceremony.— AFP
This picture shows an overview during the closing ceremony.— AFP
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.— AFP
Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.— AFP
People watch fireworks exploding over the Maracana stadium, from a terrace in the favela Mangueira.— AFP
People watch fireworks exploding over the Maracana stadium, from a terrace in the favela Mangueira.— AFP
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is seen on stage.— Reuters
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is seen on stage.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Performers take part in the closing ceremony.— Reuters
Fireworks explode at the end of the closing ceremony.— AFP

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Fireworks explode at the end of the closing ceremony.— AFP

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