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Olympics Closing Ceremony Is Hit By Torrential Rainstorm, 65MPH Winds And A Power Outage In The City As Brazil Brings The Curtain Down In A Half Empty Stadium

Farewell: Thousands of people gathered to say goodbye to the Rio Games during the closing ceremony for the Olympics on Sunday

Farewell: Thousands of people gathered to say goodbye to the Rio Games during the closing ceremony for the Olympics on Sunday

Athletes and spectators from around the world gathered for the Olympics closing ceremony in Rio on Sunday to watch the city pass the baton on to Toyko, hosts for the next 2020 games. 

The closing ceremony included a celebration of Brazil's fauna and its diversity and beauty and some traditional music followed by the athletes from 207 competing nations.

Ironically, officials also took advantage of the watching global TV audience to introduce its new 'Olympic channel', on the day that the sports action was over.

Brazilian art was also highlighted with a tribute to Brazil's Serra da Capybara National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Olympic rower and Australian Flag bearer, Kimberley Brennan is seen during the closing ceremony on Sunday for the Olympics

Olympic rower and Australian Flag bearer, Kimberley Brennan is seen during the closing ceremony on Sunday for the Olympics

Greece and Ethiopian athletes march into the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium on Sunday

Greece and Ethiopian athletes march into the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium on Sunday

Powerful: Athletes from around the world paraded in together during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Powerful: Athletes from around the world paraded in together during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Olympic rower and Australian Flag bearer, Kimberley Brennan is seen during the closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium

Olympic rower and Australian Flag bearer, Kimberley Brennan is seen during the closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium

Team Great Britain walk during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony

Team Great Britain walk during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony

Honored: Flag bearer Simone Biles of United States walks during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday for the Olympics 

Honored: Flag bearer Simone Biles of United States walks during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday for the Olympics 

During the Games, Simone Biles won four gold medals and became the darling of Brazil and much of the world

During the Games, Simone Biles won four gold medals and became the darling of Brazil and much of the world

There was poetry, dancing and the audience were informed about Brazilian craft making including 'bringing clay to life.'

The most poignant moment was a rousing tribute to the many thousands of volunteers who had helped throughout the two week event and before it began in helping prepare.

It rained one more time on the Rio Olympics parade last night as Brazil said goodbye – and some said good riddance – to the 2016 games.

Beset by economic problems, political unrest, health fears and security worries, the games ended like they began, to a half empty house. 

The torrential rain that plundered down over Rio added to the misery of officials as they surveyed the half empty stadium and swathes of unsold seats.

One of the Games' biggest stars made an early exit from the city. 

Usain Bolt, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today, was expected to mark the moment with a party at the Jamaican hospitality house in Gavea.

But the monsoon-like storm resulted in the party being called off, with the venue shuttered with an apologetic sign left outside this evening.

Prior to the ceremony, she had worried that the flag was going to be too much for her to carry because of its weight

Prior to the ceremony, she had worried that the flag was going to be too much for her to carry because of its weight

United: After 16 days of tense and exciting competition that will live long in the memory, the athletes can now relax as their achievements are recognized and celebrated in spectacular fashion

United: After 16 days of tense and exciting competition that will live long in the memory, the athletes can now relax as their achievements are recognized and celebrated in spectacular fashion

Singer Marthinho Da Vila performs during the Closing Ceremony in Rio on Sunday

Singer Marthinho Da Vila performs during the Closing Ceremony in Rio on Sunday

Angelic: Children sang the Brazilian national anthem during the Closing Ceremony in Rio on Sunday

Angelic: Children sang the Brazilian national anthem during the Closing Ceremony in Rio on Sunday

The Rio de Janeiro Environmental Police Force raises the flags during the closing ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The Rio de Janeiro Environmental Police Force raises the flags during the closing ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The weather also hit spectators heading to local restaurants to see the Closing Ceremony, with a fallen tree taking out power to establishments close to Jamaica House.

No one was hurt in the accident but a car was crushed beneath the tree, it's driver left to take a taxi home instead.

Another tree came down in Copacabana, with police forced to block off roads and send traffic on a lengthy diversion.

High winds and driving rain brought down power lines close to the Maracana, plunging the neighborhood to the southeast of the stadium into darkness just as the ceremony was starting.

The outages meant a smattering of fans who filed into nearby bars to watch the action were left shaking their heads in frustration as TVs suddenly went dead.

Early exit: Jamaican sprinter and gold medalist Usain Bolt walks through a media frenzy as he departs from Rio ahead of the closing ceremony for the Olympics on Sunday

Early exit: Jamaican sprinter and gold medalist Usain Bolt walks through a media frenzy as he departs from Rio ahead of the closing ceremony for the Olympics on Sunday

Bolt celebrated his success last night with some dirty dancing at a club in Rio before taking off to Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday 

Bolt celebrated his success last night with some dirty dancing at a club in Rio before taking off to Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday 

He was spotted dancing with a mystery woman in the club to a hit song by Rhianna on Saturday night

He was spotted dancing with a mystery woman in the club to a hit song by Rhianna on Saturday night

Police also had to switch on the flashing lights on their squad cars to illuminate the way for spectators trying to feel their way through the twilight to reach the entrances.  

Bolt, meanwhile, brought forward his departure plans and is now heading home to Kingston for a hero's welcome following his historic 'triple-triple' medal haul.

The 30-year-old, who has stayed at the Athlete's Village and shared a bedroom with fellow sprinter Asafa Powell throughout the Games, did find time to celebrate his birthday last night.

In typically exuberant fashion, he took to the stage at De Bracos Albertas - a club in the Barra de Tijuca suburb - for a singalong with locals on Saturday night.

Explosive: Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics inside Maracana stadium

Explosive: Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics inside Maracana stadium

The closing ceremony(above) included a celebration of Brazil's fauna and its diversity and beauty and some traditional music followed by the athletes from 207 competing nations

The closing ceremony(above) included a celebration of Brazil's fauna and its diversity and beauty and some traditional music followed by the athletes from 207 competing nations

Finished: Performers take part in the closing ceremony at the Maracana in Rio on Sunday

Finished: Performers take part in the closing ceremony at the Maracana in Rio on Sunday

Bright: Dancers perform in brightly colored costumes at the Olympic Wings segment during the Closing Ceremony

Bright: Dancers perform in brightly colored costumes at the Olympic Wings segment during the Closing Ceremony

Vibrant: The dancers successfully executed their routine for the closing ceremony on Sunday

Vibrant: The dancers successfully executed their routine for the closing ceremony on Sunday

Good bye Rio: Athletes from around the world have come together for the closing ceremony (above) at the Rio Olympic Games

Good bye Rio: Athletes from around the world have come together for the closing ceremony (above) at the Rio Olympic Games

Magical: The Olympic cauldron is pictured above before the closing ceremony at the Rio Olypmics 

Magical: The Olympic cauldron is pictured above before the closing ceremony at the Rio Olypmics 

If the sport was a magnificent triumph for Rio, and few would argue against it, the reception the games received was poor from start to finish and Brazilians simply voted with their feet and stayed away.

The curtain came down on Rio 2016 after more than two weeks of being under a global spotlight where the world's greatest athletes plied their trade and skills to win gold. 

But Rio will always cherish the fact that a star was well and truly born in its gymnastics arena in the shape of Simone Biles who won four golds and became the darling of Brazil and much of the world.

The American teenager from Texas is just 4.8, but she stood tall last night as she was honored with carrying the Stars and Stripes after being overwhelmingly voted to do the job by her peers. 

It was an honor that went to Phelps on Friday August 5 when the games commenced and the decision to award the task to the 19-year-old was a measure of how much the US and the Olympic movement has placed on her shoulders for the future.

She had worried that the flag was going to be too much for her to carry because of its weight.

'I'm afraid the flag is going to be too heavy for me' she had said.

'Michael Phelps is so much taller and he seemed to carry it so easily, and I'm very short. So I'm a little worried about that part. 

Powerful: The Olympic flame burns before the start of the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Rio

Powerful: The Olympic flame burns before the start of the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Rio

Practice: Performers entertain the crowd prior to the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics

Practice: Performers entertain the crowd prior to the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics

Rain and wind caused havoc in Rio on the closing ceremony here a tree came down near the Jamaica House

Rain and wind caused havoc in Rio on the closing ceremony here a tree came down near the Jamaica House

But she managed to carry the flag in front of the remaining and waving US team with aplomb, even though the staff and flag weighed around two-and-half pounds.

The flag staff was almost 9ft long, almost twice the size of the gold medal star. But it proved little worry for her as she smiled and waved at the sparse crowds inside the Maracana.

As the ceremony was close to getting underway scalpers where selling knockdown tickets outside the Maracana for just a third of the face value.

Daily Mail Online was offered two for 400 reals - equivalent to $124.

The face value of each was 600 reals or $186. 

It was estimated that when the ceremony began, the stadium was only around 70 per cent full which reflected the largely unenthusiastic response ticket sales had been received. 

Despite low ticket prices, empty seats have blighted the Rio Olympics - with golf, sailing and tennis among the worst hit.

Even centerpiece sports such as football, athletics and swimming were affected, with tickets available to all three of Bolt's history-making races still on offer on the day.

Elsewhere tickets for less popular sports such as golf and showjumping could be had for as little as 40 reals or $12.48 while passes for niche sports such as handball were changing hands for just 28 reals or $9 on the day. 




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