Pictures from Rio Olympics closing ceremony….

<p>Samba dancers perform in the “Cidade Maravilhosa” segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) </p>

The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. 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.” Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team. One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium. The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

<p>An athlete takes a photo of their medal as fireworks explode near the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Performers wait to enter the main stage for the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony on August 21, 2016. (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger) </p>

<p>Performers present the next Olympic host city of Tokyo at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, at the Maracana Stadium. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>

<p>Model Izabel Goulart and Renato Sorriso lead dancers on stage during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) </p>

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<p>The Brazilian flag is seen projected during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 21, 2016. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch) </p>

<p>Samba dancers perform in the “Cidade Maravilhosa” segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Carnival singers and dancers perform as fireworks explode near the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski) </p>

<p>Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski) </p>

<p>Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) </p>

<p>Dancers perform at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, at the Maracana Stadium. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images) </p>

<p>Samba dancers perform in the “Cidade Maravilhosa” segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Performers during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images) </p>

<p>Fireworks explode during the Closing Ceremony 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Model Izabel Goulart and Renato Sorriso lead dancers on stage during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Singer Mariene de Castro performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) </p>

<p>Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) </p>

<p>The Olympic flame is pictured before being extinguished during the closing ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes) </p>

<p>Performers take part in the closing ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) </p>

<p>Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2020 Summer Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch) </p>

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