Rio 2016 Olympics: Day 16 Highlights And Closing Ceremony

Everything you need to know from the final day.

22/08/2016 07:28 | Updated 22 August 2016

As we bid farewell to what has been an exceptional games for Team GB, here’s everything you need to know from the final day.


Rio 2016 Day 16 Highlights

  • Joe Joyce claimed Britain’s 67th and final medal on Sunday when he won silver in the final of the men’s super-heavyweight boxing. The 30-year-old had high hopes of securing the gold medal against France’s Tony Yoka but he had to settle for silver after losing on a split decision. 

    He told the BBC: “All throughout I was throwing punches, going through his guard and it was just the odd shot he nicked. I gave it my all, got the training right. I am just disappointed. Silver isn’t that bad. I expected the gold but it wasn’t to be.”

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British boxer Joe Joyce, left, lost out to France's Tony Yoka in the men's super heavyweight final.

The Spirit Of The Games

Argentinian Federico Bruno was not going to let anything stop him from crossing the finishing line on Sunday.

The marathon runner was in visible pain after experiencing severe cramp 30km into the race.

He resorted to shuffling towards the finishing line in crab-like fashion, ultimately coming in 137th place.

The 23-year-old said after the race that he “cramped everywhere”, even in his mouth, but he was not going to let that stop him.

He said: “I ran as I could. From the side at times, also all hunched over. It looked like a 100-year-old. Well, not really... a 100-year-old runs better.”

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Argentinian Federico Bruno hobbled over the finishing line of the men's marathon on Sunday after getting severe cramp.

No Pain, No Gain

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It seems the old adage is true - there really is no gain without pain. 

Britain’s 5,000m competitor Andrew Butchart ran a personal best of 13 minutes 8.61, finishing sixth on Saturday - but it came at a cost.

Butchart shared a rather gruesome photo on social media on Sunday showing what his poor feet had to go through in order to secure his best time.

The picture was captioned: “Slightly sore foot this morning but who cares.. 6th in the Olympics games!”

Sporting Super-Power

Great Britain has established itself as a sporting ‘super-power’ after finishing second the Rio Games.

By winning 67 medals, Team GB has achieved its biggest medal haul for more than a century - smashing the target of 48 and bagging two more than the remarkable haul in London four years ago.

The collection of 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze medals puts Britain above China in the medals table.

To put it into context, Team GB finished 36th in the medal table - with just one gold - at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

“We’re making sporting history – 67 medals, nearly 130 medallists, across 19 sports,” said UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.

“Even the sporting superpowers haven’t done that in the past, but we are one of those now.”

Team GB’s Flashing ‘Disco’ Shoes

Great Britain literally lit up the Rio closing ceremony by sporting what one Olympian described as flashing “disco shoes”.

Hundreds of British competitors who made it through the rain did so in style - wearing footwear that changed from red to white to blue with each step, drawing ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the crowd.

Read the full story here.

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British athletes wear disco shoes during the closing ceremony.

‘Super Mario’ Makes An Appearance

It what could be the greatest Olympic handover of all time, Japan’s Prime Minister appeared at the Rio closing ceremony dressed as Super Mario to mark Tokyo hosting the Games in four years’ time.

In a move that suggests an Olympics in Japan will be amazing, Shinzo Abe emerged from a huge green pipe in the Maracana stadium wearing a Mario hat.

To read the full story, click here.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves during the closing ceremony

Return Of The ‘Tonga Flag-Bearer’

Greased Tonga flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua graced our screens ones again, this time at the closing ceremony.

Having stolen the Olympic opening ceremony “the Tonga flag-bearer” did a fairly good job of repeating the feat for the closing ceremony, too.

Shirtless, muscular and covered in coconut oil, the 32-year-old was the first viral sensation of a Games that offered more memes than many of us could have hoped for (#PhelpsFace, Bolt grinning at the finishing lineBolt laughing at the finishing line).

Read the full story here.

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Pita Taufatofua of Tonga jumps on stage during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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    Fireworks go off over the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Closing Ceremony at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    People look on as the Olympic cauldron flame is extinguished.
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    Light from a street lamp reflects off the Olympic cauldron after the flame was extinguished.
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    Artists perform during the closing ceremony.
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    Artists perform during the closing ceremony.
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    United States' Armando Polk wears a dancer's hat as she dances during the closing ceremony.
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    Athletes pose for photos.
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    Nicola White, second left, Sam Quek, center, and Shona McCallin pose for photos at the closing ceremony.
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    Britain's Nick Thompson and Giles Scott, right, joke with dancers during the closing ceremony.
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    Dagmar Wozniak of the United States, right, dances with other athletes.
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    An artist meets with athletes.
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    United States' Morghan King poses for picture.
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    Athletes from France and dancers watch the fireworks.
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    Athletes pose for picture with performers.
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    Kenya's gold medal winner Eliud Kipchoge is flanked by Ethiopia's silver medal winner Feyisa Lilesa and United States' bronze medal winner Galen Rupp.
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    Participants in rainwear sit through the closing ceremony.
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    A man wears plastic to keep the rain off.
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    Fireworks go off over the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Closing Ceremony.
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    Samba dancers perform.
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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves during the closing ceremony.
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    Dancers perform.
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    The Japanese delegation stands during the closing ceremony.
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    The flag of Japan is projected on the ground.
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    Great Britain Flag Bearer Kate Richardson-Walsh enjoys the closing ceremony.

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