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US Women Are The Biggest Winners Of Rio Olympics 2016

Curtain is brought down on Games with colourful ceremony

Gold medal winners among flag bearers from other nations included 4ft 9in gymnastics superstar Simone Biles from the USA and South African runner Caster Semenya.

Theresa May's spokeswoman said the Prime Minister was "extremely proud" of the "phenomenal" achievement of United Kingdom athletes, and stressed there was no formal limit on the number of honours that could be handed out in "special circumstances".

"In 2017 for sure you'll see me on the track".

"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. "I owe it to the people". "After that we will analyse it and see what my goal is".

"I can't believe it", he said after the race.

Snyder, the youngest wrestling world champion in USA history, is now the sport's youngest Olympic champion in US history.

He then made bigger headlines when a tale of gunpoint robbery turned into accusations he and team mates had vandalized a gas station. The U.S. has won three straight gold medals now in men's basketball.

And Farah said it would be "amazing" to become Sir Mo after his triumph on the track this year. The country dominated in diving, however, winning seven of the eight golds on offer. "This is just the start of their journey".

Lin towered over the sport for at least a decade but at 32, Rio was all but certainly his last Games and it was not the end to a glorious career that he would have wanted.

Trott was defending omnium champion and had secured the world title in London and never looked like losing the grip on her crown in Brazil.

Over 10,000 Weibo users had commented on Huang's post, with most echoing the views of one who said, "The incident is unbelievable and unforgivable, since the correct flags were made and sent to the venue last week". You can't beat live, you just can't beat being in that stadium.

"Thanks to the contribution of the National Lottery players via UK Sport and their investment, this is 20 years in the making and we've now enjoyed five successive Games of medal growth. Go out there and have a go at them - and please have a go at hockey".

"This medal is for my son Hussein", Farah said.

Staged despite a lack of funds, deep recession and social turmoil, Rio de Janeiro unfurled South America's first Olympic Games hoping against hope that the power of sport would eclipse a seemingly endless list of problems.

Dozens of Team GB's victorious athletes are set to return as heroes, bringing with them the biggest medal haul for the nation in more than a century.

And the margin between first and second in the overall medals race this year tops all others (the boycotted games of 1980 and 1984 excluded) since the Americans won 67 more medals than Italy did at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Kenny received an OBE after the London Games.

China won 26 golds, just more than half as many as it won in Beijing in 2008. The Americans took gold in all those sports, except soccer, where they were upset by Sweden.

United States' Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

P V Sindhu and Carolina Marin: Both women achieved what no one from their respective nations had done before. After several close games the final contest was never in doubt.

"These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come", he said. "But, we stuck with it and I'm here today, three gold medals later".

Mo Farah is prepared to turn his back on track domination and gear up for a marathon struggle as he insists his desire for success is not yet sated.