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Live Reporting

Michael Emons and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye from a wonderful Games

    That concludes our coverage of the closing ceremony. What a time ParalympicsGB have had in Rio.

    Not only did they smash their medal target, but they have also won more gold medals at a single Games than at any competition since 1988.

    It was an absolutely sensational effort which every competitor and support member will be rightly hugely proud of.

    We hope you have enjoyed the Paralympics as much as we all have.

    Thank you for joining us at this early hour of the morning. Thank you and goodbye.

    Kadeena Cox
  2. Make some room on the mantelpiece...

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    So, which sports did ParalympicsGB do the best in? Here is your answer...

    Amazing. Outstanding. A wonderful achievement.

    Great Britain medals
  4. Great British equestrian success

    A lot of British teams have been successful in Rio and the equestrian team of Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham, Natasha Baker, Sophie Wells and Lee Pearson won seven gold medals in Rio between them.

    They are very familiar with Paralympics success and across the last four Paralympics, they have won 22 gold medals. 

    ParalympicsGB equestrian team
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  6. 'A family carnival of sport'

    Some more quotes from IPC president Sir Philip Craven on the success of the games.

    He tells the Rio crowd: "You embraced the Games and took the athletes to your hearts and they relished your support. You created a family carnival of sport and you were rewarded with incredible performances.

    "The noise you created, the passion you showed and the warmth you provided inspired the Paralympic athletes to achieve what some thought was impossible.

    "These Games signify a very bright future for this youthful and wonderful nation."

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  8. 'The whole Paralympic movement is united in grief'

    Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president, pays tribute to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died yesterday.

    Craven says: "Tonight is the celebration of the last 12 days of sport, but also a very sombre occasion following yesterday's events and the loss of Bahman Golbarnezhad.

    "It has affected us all and left the whole Paralympic movement united in grief."

  9. 'You are superheroes'

    More from Carlos Nuzman, who says: "The best fans on the planet are Cariocas (the people of Rio). We welcome the world with human warmth, respect and solidarity.

    "I would like to thank the volunteers. They have competence, dedication and enthusiasm. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

    "To the Paralympic athletes, you inspired with your excellence and ability to triumph - you are superheroes. When I see you my soul sings. The Rio 2016 Games brought the world together and triumphed over prejudice. 

    "We can be very proud that we staged Olympic and Paralympic games that we will stay forever in the history of sport. Congratulations Rio. Congratulations Brazil. Tokyo, good luck to you."

    Rio 2016 organising commitee President Carlos Nuzman
  10. 'The impossible happened'

    Some more quotes from Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Rio 2016 organising committee.

    He gets the home crowd excited, by declaring: "Mission accomplished.

    "The Brazil we love so much has shown the world what it can do. This celebration started with a dream. It was 20 years in the making. Many thought it was impossible. But not for Rio and Brazil.

    "The impossible happened. Brazilians never give up." 

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    Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, pays tribute to Bahman Golbarnezhad, the Iranian cyclist who died yesterday after crashing in the men's C4-5 road race.

    Nuzman says: "I want to send a message to the athletes of Iran, our prayers are with you. We are extremely sorry for your loss." 

    Iran's sitting volleyball team
  12. Magical Games for 'Wizard' Paul Blake

    Four years ago, Paul Blake left London 2012 with a silver and a bronze medal. 

    Blake, known as the 'wizard' on Twitter (we're not sure why), won gold in the T36 400m before settling for silver in the 800m. 

    But as you can see, he's well happy with that gold. 

    Here's a fact for you Star Wars fans, did you know Paul Blake's father, also called Paul, is the man who played Greedo in the 1977 film. 

    Paul Blake
  13. 'Very excited'

  14. 'A fitting finale'

  15. Wonder woman: Tatyana McFadden

    American Tatyana McFadden has just picked up the Whang Youn Dai Award and here is some more information about the four-time 2016 gold medallist.

    McFadden, originally born in Russia, became a multi-talented athlete when she moved to the States, competing in three different sports at the University of Illinois. 

    Since taking up athletics, she has now won seven Paralympic gold medals along with 11 world titles. 

    The 27 year-old is also the first athlete to complete the marathon Grand Slam, winning events in London, New York, Boston and Chicago all in the same year. 

    A determined woman. 

    Tatyana McFadden
  16. What talent

    We mentioned earlier of a talented musician playing the guitar with his feet.

    And here's a fantastic picture of that musician, Johnatha Bastos, playing the electric guitar with his feet during the closing ceremony. Wow.

    Musician Johnatha Bastos
  17. Tokyo's turn

    Now comes the handing over of the ceremonial Paralympic flag. Sir Philip Craven passes the flag to the governor Tokyo, the city that will be our hosts in four years' time.

    The national anthem of Japan is now being played, before a montage showing footage of the 1964 Paralympics, which were also staged in Tokyo.

  18. Time for the accordion

    Rio Paralympics closing ceremony

    No closing ceremony would be complete without the sound of an accordion. Well, maybe.

    Good news accordion fans as a song, entitled the Paralympic Anthem, is gently being played – interpreted by Daniel Santiago (acoustic guitar), Pedro Martins (electric guitar) and Mestrinho (accordion).  

  19. When you can't decide whether to go with the Japan or Brazil flag on your face...

    Closing ceremony
  20. Storey inducted into IPC Athletes Council

    Dame Sarah Storey

    The five competitors who have been voted on to the IPC Athletes Council have been presented to the crowd.

    One of the five is British Paralympic legend Dame Sarah Storey, meaning she will have an important role to play in the future of the Games.

    During the Games she took her career gold total to 14, the highest ever from any female British Paralympian.