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Spectacular closing ceremony brings curtains down to 2016 Rio Olympics

Updated: Aug 22, 2016 10:48 IST      
Spectacular closing ceremony brings curtains down to 2016 Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.22 (ANI): The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday dropped curtains on the Olympics Games in a spectacular carnival-inspired fashion after hosting the world's elite athletes, who competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days.

The closing ceremony, which lasted for about three hours, began with a similar kind of a countdown that took place in the opening ceremony, followed by cave-paintings display on Maracana Stadium's floor.

The vibrant ceremony also saw Tokyo's impressive showcase and a carnival parade before they were given an official handover to host 2020 Olympic Games.

One of the biggest highlights of Rio Olympics' last night was Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressing like video game character Super Mario and coming out from a huge green pipe in the stadium.

The ceremony then featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

As far as medal toppers are concerned, USA dominated the medal table with a tally of 119 (44 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze) followed by Great Britain (27 gold, 22 silver, 17 bronze) and China (26 gold, 18 silver, 26 bronze) at second and third spot, respectively.

Meanwhile, India, which had sent its largest-ever contingent of 119 athletes in the Rio Olympics, made a disappointing 67th-place finish, having ended the campaign with a paltry medal haul of two (a silver and a bronze).

The 2016 Rio Olympics featured a total of 207 nations, including Kosovo and South Sudan who made their debut to the Summer Games. (ANI)

Nadal fends off unseeded Hyeon to reach Barcelona Open semis

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 12:12 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], Apr 29 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal survived an early scare against South Korea's Chung Hyeon to book his place in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open for a 10th time here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Settling in Aizawl would be the last option for a Mumbaikar, who feels more comfortable in travelling from Malad to Bandra and toiling hard at the Cooperage ground before unwinding himself with maybe a stroll down the Marine Drive.

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Gaurav Gill sets early pace at FIA Asia Pacific Rally C'ship

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:41 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): India's Gaurav Gill of Team MRF Tyres, the defending champion, put the hammer down with a scorching night run of the Super Special Stage and led team-mate Ole Christian Veiby by 2.5 seconds as the International Rally of Whangarei, the first round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship got underway here on Friday.

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Bhopal/Bengaluru (Madhya Pradesh/Karnataka) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Hockey Andhra Pradesh on Friday thrashed Vidarbha Hockey Association 15-0 in their Pool A encounter on the second day of 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Women) 'B' Division here in Bhopal.

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ISL: FC Pune City ropes in Pradhyum Reddy as assistant coach

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 19:06 IST     

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City on Friday appointed Pradhyum Reddy as the assistant coach for the first team and the Head of Football - Youth.

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Want to start Azlan Shah Cup on a great note: PR Sreejesh

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:59 IST     

Ipoh [Malaysia], Apr 28 (ANI): Having arrived in Ipoh, Malaysia a week before the start of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the Indian Hockey team has had enough time to get used to the humid conditions and are geared up for a good start at the tournament, asserts captain P.R Sreejesh.

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President Mukherjee felicitates Indian deaf cricket team

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:56 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Indian Deaf Cricket team scored the highest honour with a felicitation by President Pranab Mukherjee last week.

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Wuhan [China], Apr 28 (ANI): Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu crashed out of the Badminton Asia Championships after suffering a heart wrenching defeat at the hands of He Bingjiao of China in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Everybody knows that veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is a very passionate cricketer, who loves his country more passionately.

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After Subrata Paul, now Sushila Panwar fails dope test

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:13 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): A few days after Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was caught for doping, Indian weightlifter Sushila Panwar has also failed the dope test.

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Shahid Afridi turns down Najam Sethi's farewell offer

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:11 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 28 (ANI): Former Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has declined Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi's offer to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket.

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Melbourne [Australia], Apr 28 (ANI): The long-standing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and its players continue as the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has rejected the new pay offer from the game's governing body, saying the proposal will be a win for cricket administrators but a loss for the game.

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Harbhajan, Raina in Ponting's Best IPL XI of 2017

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 14:05 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], Apr 28 (ANI): Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina, Mumbai Indians spinner Harbhajan Singh and Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar have got a place in former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting's Best XI of IPL 2017.

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Doha [Qatar], Apr 28 (ANI): Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani will aim to add a snooker crown to his account when he takes on China's Lv Haotian in the final of 33rd Asian Snooker Championship here later today.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 28 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan believes majority of the member countries of the International Cricket Council (ICC) are ready to face the likely reaction of their Indian counterpart, including their possible boycott from the forthcoming Champions Trophy, in their act of defiance over the global cricket boady's revised financial model.

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London [U.K], Apr 28 (ANI): Marouane Fellaini was sent off for headbutting of Sergio Aguero as Manchester City and Manchester United played out a hard-fought goalless draw in their Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium here on Friday.

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Apr .28 (ANI): Hockey Andhra Pradesh trounced Bengal Hockey Association 9-2 in the opening match of the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Women) 'B' Division here at the Aishbagh Stadium last evening.

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Bengaluru [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Namdhari XI produced a superlative performance as they thrashed Hockey Puducherry 15-0 in their Pool B clash of the 7th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) 'B' Division here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has pledged to bear the educational expenses of the children of the 25 CRPF personnel, who were killed in an attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday.

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Sharapova enters Quarterfinals of Stuttgart Open

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:20 IST     

Stuttgart [Germany], April 27 (ANI): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who made her comeback after 15-months of doping ban, registered her second win on Thursday by beating Roberta Vinci to reach the quarter-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

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