Rio Olympics 2016: Japan's PM dresses as Super Mario, Usain Bolt says farewell

Monday, 22 August

Closing ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/08/2016. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is seen on stage.
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Dressed as Super Mario.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged from a green pipe dressed as Super Mario, as his country took the Olympic torch in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Unsurprisingly, Twitter approved.

Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

And after that introduction, few would argue with Tokyo when they predict a special Olympics at 2020.

Tokyo Twitter

That came after Rio gave Olympic fans one last piece of carnival magic, with a closing ceremony that defied the horrendous rain.

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Closing ceremony draws curtain on Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt posted an emotional farewell to Rio on Twitter, although it would be just as apt in reference to the nine-time gold medal winning sprint legend.

"We came, we saw, we conquered. Rio I have endless love for you," he said. They love you too, Usain.

Usain Bolt says farewell

But not before he'd attempted to show his athletic abilities extend beyond sprinting, with considerable success.

Usain Bolt javelin
Usain Bolt was filmed throwing a javelin 56m - further than four of the male decathletes at Rio manged

Bolt is celebrating his 30th birthday today and after Kensington Palace challenged him for a race against Prince Harry, Bolt accepted.

Brazil's legendary footballer Pele may not have been able to open the Olympics as planned, but that didn't stop him enjoying the Games.

"Brazil welcomed the world with open arms and showed everyone our special way of life - in both work and play," he said in a series of tweets. "There were unforgettable moments of athleticism and sportsmanship - as well as some upsets and surprises along the way. Our role as proud hosts of the World Cup & Olympics has come to a close. I wish you all a safe journey home, please visit us again soon."

Pele wasn't alone in commending the Games, with the world's media hailing it as a successful Olympics, regardless of its flaws.

And Team GB's heroes certainly seemed to be enjoying the rather damp closing ceremony.

Maddie Hinch
Keri-Anne Payne
Max Whitlock

And journalists could have done with some of Keri-Anne Payne's glowing shoes, as they returned from the closing ceremony to find a blackout at the media village.

Media village blackout

Sports fans seem to have drank Rio dry of beer...

Beer in Rio

Joe Joyce may not have agreed with the decision that went against him in the super-heavyweight boxing final, but it didn't take him long to take pride from his achievements, if his Instagram is anything to go off.

Joe Joyce's silver medal

And Joyce's efforts certainly made 2012 super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua proud.

Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce

The Royal Family gave their seal of approval to the British team's efforts via Twitter.

Royal Family Twitter

Team GB shared their favourite pictures of the final day of the Games.

Team GB pictures

And comedian and actress Miranda Hart shared her appreciation for the last two weeks.

Miranda Hart
We love you too, Miranda!

Twitter trends

Twitter have revealed the five most mentioned moments in Team GB's Olympics:

  1. Jason Kenny secures his second gold of the Games, and sixth overall, in the men's keirin.
  2. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win an unexpected gold in the synchronised 3m springboard.
  3. Bradley Wiggins leads Britain to gold in the team pursuit to become his country's most decorated Olympian.
  4. Andy Murray retains his Olympic tennis singles crown by beating Juan Martin del Potro.
  5. Max Whitlock wins his second gold of the Rio Olympics - on the same day that he earlier became Britain's first gymnastics gold medallist.

Callum Skinner, who took silver behind Kenny in the individual sprint, saw his followers receive the largest boost, increasing them by 659%.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray was the most mentioned of Team GB's athletes, followed by Mo Farah and Adam Peaty.

Quotes of the Games

"I want to go back to my community and be received the way I have been received on the streets, to inspire kids, not only to be athletes but to go to university and have dreams."Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva

"You walk the course so many times, you make so many plans and then you go out and fall over." New Zealand equestrian eventer Tim Price

"Obviously I'd love her to bits even if she was rubbish, but she's not." British triple gold medallist track cyclist Jason Kenny, on his fiancee Laura Trott, who won two golds in Rio.

"It's like touching the sky with your hands." Argentina hockey player Gonzalo Peillat offers the alternative view after winning the gold medal.

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