Rio throws final party to say goodbye to 2016 Olympics
Aug 23 2016
Britain's track and field squad came to Rio desperate to beat London's six medals and they just managed it on the final night at the Olympic Stadium thanks to Mo Farah completing his distance "double double" and the women's 4×400 relay claiming a bronze. He said Saturday he wasn't expecting the enormous reaction to his appearance in the opening ceremony and hinted that he might have something special - but quick - planned for the closing celebrations.
Athletes got up from their chairs and danced alongside the costumed performers and a giant float featuring birds.
RIO DE JANEIRO Host nation Brazil, backed by an emotional and enthusiastic local fan base, captured the most Olympic medals in the country's history but fell far short of the haul that past host nations have brought in.
Among the highlights were a vibrant carnival parade and human formations of Rio landmarks Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
It was a spectacular show from Rio, whose country was clouded in controversy in the Games.
The Rio Games opened in chaos because of concerns about Russian athletes' drug use, Zika virus, polluted waterways and internal political and economic turmoil.
Bach was accompanied by Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.
"We are in a hard moment as a country right now, we can't hide that, but the Games were scheduled and I'm glad we could enjoy them", said Alessandro Freitas, also from Rio.
South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, 24, delivered one of Rio's greatest performances as he broke Michael Johnson's 17-year-old 400-meter record.
The closing ceremony in iconic Maracana Stadium was also meant to take care of some business - formally signaling the transition to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
The team entered the Maracana for Sunday night's closing ceremony riding high on their success, the occasion infused with a relaxed party atmosphere that showed on the faces of the delighted stars.
The last few days of the competition continued to be action-packed, and led to a great finale of the games.
The IOC also honoured the people who made this "miracle" happen by awarding the Cariocas (native of Rio) the Olympic Cup, which was constituted by the the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin.
When we look at the medal tally according to "population per medal" the results are very interesting as it is Grenada and Bahamas who sit at the first and second place followed by Jamaica in third.
The 12-time medalist caused the USA contingent embarrassment with a story that even upstaged soccer star Hope Solo's unsportsmanlike comments about Sweden after the favored American women lost in the quarterfinals.
Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen became the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold in the same final in the historic victory over the Netherlands. While the US women's basketball team claimed its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal on Saturday.
Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain's final medal of Rio 2016 - a silver - as they finished second in the medal table to the United States, ahead of China.