That’s a wrap!
It is time to draw the curtain on Tokyo2020 now! The fire will be lighted once more uniting the nations across the world in Paris after three years.
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto just gave her speech, next comes on Thomas Bach in the Closing Ceremony.
After the Olympic anthem, the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo have joined IOC President Thomas Bach for the Olympic Handover Ceremony.
Now, it is time for a moment of remembrance and reflection, followed by performances of traditional dances and festivals of Japan.
After a song and traditional dance of the Ainu people, the video moves on to the Ryukyu Eisa, the Nishimonai Bon Odori, and the Gujo Odori, showcasing old festivals and beautiful landscapes of the country. Giving us a view into the local culture.
Without the volunteers, none of this would have been possible.— Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
Thank you so much for your work in bringing the Olympic spirit to life once more - these Olympic Games could not have happened without you.#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/zM0Aoq7SJk
Want to bet if Eliud Kipchoge would come back for an unprecedented hat-trick of Marathon gold medals in three years' time?
For the first time at Summer Games, Women's and Men's marathon victory ceremony is being held at the closing ceremony.
The Olympic spirit is in all of us.— Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
A display of beautiful, luminous colours swirl together, representing the many flags of the world.
They form the Olympic Rings, a timeless symbol of unity. #StrongerTogether #Tokyo2020 #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/38dv0e0w98
The music for the "Olympic March" is actually written by Yuji Koseki, he is considered one of Japan’s most iconic composers from Fukushima. Interestingly the same music was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics when the Games were first held in Asia.
2028: Los Angeles
Tokyo Olympics marked the highest number of women participants, in Paris let's resolve to beat the record once more.
With an experience of a lifetime, athletes are joining their flag bearers.
Thank you Tokyo 2020!
The Japan flag enters the stadium, carried by six flagbearers, including healthcare professional Yokota Hiroyuki ??— Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
This moment expresses the gratitude we feel for all the healthcare professionals around the world who continue to support us during the pandemic.#ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/myt3kXfXNC
Flag bearers of different nations are walking out now and circling the stage.
Bronze medalist, India's Bajrang Punia is carrying the tricolor flag.
With the music of Tokyo Story in the background, Japan's flag is being carried to the stage. Here comes the National anthem of Japan.
Just a few minutes left for the closing ceremonies to begin. It has been a beautiful ride, can you believe it is ending already?
As the last match of the Tokyo Games comes to end, we are now ready to bid our goodbyes to Tokyo as well.
Join us in the Closing Ceremony Celebration in a few hours!
Greece is back to chasing again, and trails behind Serbia 9-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Two more quarters of water polo left!
Who will win Serbia or Greece?
Greek scored goals in a row and level at 7-7 with the help of Skipper Fountoulis and Serbia calls a time out.
I wanted to create a space to show the world that this is a beautiful race. The smile is the happiness. I have fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time, back-to-back. I hope now to help inspire the next generation.
Today I lived my Olympic dream. I always say that sport is like life, whereby you can win and lose. But today was a day where I won and get to say I successfully defended my Olympic title.
I'm going back now, [will] talk with my coach, see what the opportunities are in the world. Now, I want to enjoy winning here in Tokyo.
Serbia has Branislav Mitrovic making some good blocks in the goal, they lead 6-3 against Greece.
France's Women's Handball team beats ROC in final to take the gold.
French has made history as they win the first gold in women's Olympic handball! with 30-25 scores they are the Olympic champions!
WE ARE SO PROUD. ♥️? ? ?? ?— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 8, 2021
626 athletes. 17 days. 113 medals.
France enjoys a good lead and is close to the gold medal as we head to the final quarter.
Just two more events to go before we close the Tokyo chapter, the second half of the women’s handball final, then we also have the men’s water polo decider between Greece and Serbia.
Over at the Kokugikan Arena, we have the last bout of the Games. It’s the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) gold medal clash between Bakhodir Jalolov (UZB) and Richard Torrez Jr (USA).
In the women’s volleyball tournament the USA bagged gold while Brazil won silver.
In the men's lightweight final, Cuban Andy Cruz has won gold and Keyshawn Davis (USA) won silver.
Kellie Anne Harrington (IRL) won gold over Beatriz Ferreira (BRA) as she ends up with silver.
What a solid ride from the start of the day until the finish in the Women's Omnium for @NettieEdmo ??— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) August 8, 2021
Result: 12th place with 61 points
Congratulations Annette Edmondson , Australia is so proud! ??
What an incredible event to close #TrackCycling ?#TokyoTogether pic.twitter.com/qnVnSSNr6D
Jennifer Valente is the champion, while KAJIHARA Yumi wins silver for Japan and Kirsten Wild holds on for bronze for the Netherlands.
In two rhythmic gymnastics finals, Bulgaria put in strong routines with a total of 92.100 that helped them get gold, with the ROC in silver-medal position and Italy take bronze.
In the women's handball, it's bronze for Norway.
Clara Copponi (FRA) moves first and Kajihara and 40 points to Copponi, 38 to Kajihara which moves her up into second overall as it stands on 108 points.
In the women's bronze medal match in handball, Norway holds a 12-goal advantage at half-time.
In this second keirin semi-final, Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang wins the heat, Levy and Lavreysen behind him, and Wakimoto will be in the minor final.
The final women's sprint semi-final race is the decider between Emma Hinze (GER) and Kelsey Mitchell (CAN). Post decider, winner to gold race, loser to bronze race and Emma Hinze is all up for the bronze race as Mitchell will race for gold.
Laura Kenny on 7 race points wins the tempo race and takes 40 for the overall omnium competition while Kirsten Wild (NED) finishes second for 38 omnium points, and Jennifer Valente (USA) takes 34. Valente is top overall on 74 points.
On to the second race in the women's omnium is the women's tempo race, 30 laps with 26 sprints. 21 riders began this event and Lotte Kopecky (BEL) quits after the earlier crash.
In the women's sprint, Olena Starikova (UKR) is through to the final after defeating LEE Wai Sze (HKG) in straight races, by 0.04 and 0.128 seconds.
In the third set of the women's volleyball bronze medal match, Serbia won against the Republic of Korea. 25-18 25-15 25-15.
Laura Kenny (GBR), on her way to her sixth Olympic gold medal in the omnium, gets down with a big crash while Jennifer Valente (USA) takes the scratch race win.
At the Izu Velodrome, the women's omnium begins with the first of four races.
Serbia leads by two from the Republic of Korea in the women's bronze medal match, while Montenegro leads the Italy classification game for the 7th and 8th places in the men's water polo competition.
The fact that Tokyo 2020 has happened means a lot. It means there is hope. It means we are on the right track to our normal lives.
Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder, London 2012 champion did it once again. He finishes with a time of 2:08:38 and wins his fourth Olympic medal to becomes the third athlete to win multiple Olympic gold medals in the men's marathon. Abdi Nageeye (NED) got silver at 2:09:58 and Bashir Abdi (BEL) got bronze at 2:10:00.
At the 30km mark now, several athletes are struggling, but not Kipchoge as the 30km mark is already cleared in 1:32:31.
Day 16, the final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is here. Lots of action and 11 gold medals are still in the offering. Let’s see which country celebrates the last lot of medals on the final day. May this spirit not end here, lets bag all the positivity and sportsmanship for the next season and get ready to witness the final and fun Day 16 at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.