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Rio wraps up challenging Games on upbeat note

Despite a storm, Rio de Janeiro throws huge Carnival-like party to mark the end of 2016 Olympics

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Fireworks lit up the night sky while samba dancers and singers performed at the closing ceremony at the storied Maracana stadium.

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Fireworks lit up the night sky while samba dancers and singers performed at the closing ceremony at the storied Maracana stadium.

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Fireworks lit up the night sky while samba dancers and singers performed at the closing ceremony at the storied Maracana stadium.

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Above: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach (left) with the president of the Olympic Committee of Brazil and Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

Rio De Janeiro

A BLUSTERY storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America's first Games.

After a gruelling 17 days, Rio de Janeiro

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