Rio Paralympic Games end in Brazilian style

Rio Paralympic Games end in Brazilian style
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Published September 19th, 2016 - 15:29 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016.
Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

After 11 days showcasing 23 different sports, the 2016 Paralympics have ended in Rio with a colourful closing ceremony.

Thousands of spectators filed into the iconic Maracana stadium where singers, dancers and Brazilian music completed what Sir Philip Craven, the president of the International Paralympic Committee said had been uniquely Brazilian and wondrous Games.

During nearly two weeks 528 medals were won and over 200 world records set. China dominated the medals table winning 239 with Great Britain coming second with 147.

A firework display ended the celebrations but not before tributes were paid to the Iranian cyclist who died in a crash on Saturday.

The Paralympic flag was handed over to Toyko where the next Games will be held in 2020.

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