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Pictures: 16 days and 975 medals later, the Rio Olympics went out with a bang

The closing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium was spectacular to say the least.

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Closing Ceremony Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

IT HAS BEEN an exhausting, exhilarating, and sometimes controversial two weeks (particularly for the Irish), but 16 days later the Rio Olympics have come to a close.

And the games went out with a bang.

The Irish flagbearer for the ceremony was silver medalist rower and Skibbereen legend Gary O’Donovan.

The ceremony itself took place in a downpour, but it didn’t seem to bother any of the attendees.

Check out our slideshow of the best moments from the closing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Pictures: 16 days and 975 medals later, the Rio Olympics went out with a bang
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