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What happens to Rio de Janeiro now that the 2016 Olympics have finished remains to be seen, but there was no denying the quality and drama of the past three weeks of competition.

Rio brought the curtain down on South America’s first-ever Olympics at an upbeat closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium on Sunday, ending a Summer Games headlined by sprinter Usain Bolt and swimmer Michael Phelps but enriched by so many more athletes from further down the food chain.

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