As it happened | ‘Marvellous’ Rio flames out as Super Abe takes baton

Welcome to the live updates of the Rio Olympics closing ceremony. As expected the United States of America walked away with the highest medals tally. Rio Olympics on Sunday winded up with a carnival of activities. India ended up with a silver and bronze.

A projection onto the playing field announces the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Live updates (in IST)

0704 hours; Send in Super Mario, of course with a little political help. To the delight of a crowd gathered at the Maracana stadium Sunday for the closing ceremonies of the Rio Games, a video showed Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who announces he won’t make it to Rio in time. So Abe turned into the Japanese video game plumber Mario and then popped up in the flesh out of a huge green pipe in the stadium that he allegedly used as a shortcut to get from Tokyo to Rio. Mario and Abe weren’t alone.

0658 hours: Rio Olympics flame extinguished.

0656 hours: A colourful end to the 31st Olympiad at Brazil which successfully conducted the 31st Olympiad despite a lack of funds, deep recession and social turmoil.

0654 hours: IOC president Thomas Bach says the Rio Olympics, marked by empty stadiums and overshadowed by doping scandals, were “marvellous” after the United States takes the last gold in an all-star basketball final to extend its domination of the medal table.

0650 hours: A beautiful exhibition of dance from the Brazilians as the Rio 2016 comes to an end.

0649 hours: While athletes from around the world packed the Rio Games closing ceremony, one of the biggest stars was absent Brazil soccer great Pele. Instead, the three-time football World Cup champion went to Twitter to celebrate Brazil’s first gold medal in his sport.

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