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Athletes filled the stadium floor before the Olympic flame went out

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed because of the Covid pandemic and held behind closed doors, ended with an optimistic ceremony in Japan’s capital.

The games took place without spectators and athletes were not allowed to leave the Olympic village.

Your staging met with local opposition and around 30 demonstrators fought with the police before the closing ceremony in the national stadium.

However, other locals have braved the heat and warnings to watch the events from afar.

Fans watched outdoor events like triathlons and BMX from overpasses and other vantage points despite temperatures of 35 ° C, the hottest ever recorded at the Olympics.

Fans watch BMX freestyle from a bridgeSome local fans were barred from watching at venues and found vantage points to enjoy events like freestyle BMX

The official farewell to the games with ska bands, soccer freestylers, breakdancers and BMX riders provided further TV memories and culminated in the athletes thanking the people in Japan with a heart gesture with their hands.

A scaled-down parade of flag-bearers missing 62 of the participating nations began in Tokyo before a flight demonstration team painted the French tricolor across the sky in Paris, the host city for 2024.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto, who appeared in seven games as a speed skater and then a track cyclist, told the athletes, “There are no words to describe what you have achieved.

“They accepted the unimaginable, understood what had to be done, and mastered incredible challenges through hard work and perseverance.”

She added, “That is what made you a true Olympian.”

Athletes had daily swabs to test for coronavirus and wore face masks when not eating, exercising, or competing. After completing the competition, they had 48 hours to leave the athletes’ village.

Games produce stars and the unexpected

Simone BilesSimone Biles, who won three gold singles in Rio 2016, won bronze on the beam in Tokyo

The Games were postponed for a year from their original 2020 date, and as the global pandemic raged, Japanese support wavered, with unfavorable opinion polls and even the country’s emperor, Naruhito, voicing concerns about their staging in the months before.

The ban on spectators at most venues denied the Japanese public the chance to see Summer Games up close for the first time since Tokyo 1964, and the culmination of an eight-year wait after winning the hosting rights in Buenos Aires in 2013.

As always, the games produced a shower of stars. The American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won gold five times in the pool. Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah won another three on the route. Gymnast Daiki Hashimoto won two for the home nation in gymnastics.

But just as inevitably there were moments that nobody would have expected.

Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar Mutaz Barshim decide to share high jump gold instead of fighting for the title.

Lotte Miller from Norway comforts Belgian rival Claire Michel after finishing last in triathlon.

Simone Biles, who was predicted to collect a ton of gold, instead put emphasis on the athletes’ mental health as she protected herself by retiring from five of her six events.

In just 180 days, the next Olympic Games begin with the opening of the Winter Games in Beijing on February 4th. The next Summer Olympics are only three years away, with Paris hosting it in 2024, then Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032.

Britain agrees with London and sets ambitious goals for Paris 2024

Despite a build tainted by lockdowns, Britain surpassed 51 medals won in Beijing in 2008, hit 65 medals won in London in 2012 and ended up just two below the total at Rio 2016.

Track cyclist Jason Kenny became the first Briton to win seven gold medals when he retained his Keirin title, while Laura Kenny became the most successful cyclist in history when she raised her gold medal to five with Madison achievements alongside Katie Archibald.

There were also new stars. Tom Dean, 21, won two gold medals in the pool, Bethany Shriever and Charlotte Worthington took BMX titles, and Keely Hodgkinson, 19, won over 800m silver on the track. Emily Campbell won Britain’s first ever female weightlifting medal.

Sky Brown became Britain’s youngest ever Summer Olympics medalist in one of the newest sports of the Games with a Bronze Skateboard.

Paris marks the handover of the Olympic flag with crowds and aerobaticsParis marked the handover of the Olympic flag with crowds and aerobatics

“The team not only made history, it probably made history because of the most complex and difficult and difficult environment we will surely face in my life,” said Mark England, Team GB’s chief de mission.

“It was against all odds and I think it’s the greatest achievement in British Olympic history.

“This is a very, very young team and a very talented team and I am absolutely confident that in less than three years it will go to Paris and do exceptionally well.”

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