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Olympics closing ceremony calls an end to 'Games in the middle of reality'

Olympics closing ceremony calls an end to 'Games in the middle of reality'

Dark clouds hovered over Maracana Stadium at dusk, with a sudden wind tugging at flags and whipping the Olympic flame.

Then a drenching rain began to fall.

The storm that intruded on Sunday night’s Closing Ceremony at the Summer Olympics befit a mega-sporting event that, over the past few weeks, had blended spectacle with more than a few glitches and negative headlines.

“A Games in the middle of reality,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, had called them.

There were historic performances by some of the world’s greatest athletes, cheered on – and sometimes booed – by crowds exhibiting Brazil’s...

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