That’s it, the Olympic flag has been handed over to Tokyo, the Olympic flame has been doused and … well, that samba party will probably continue into next week, but the point is the Rio Games are over! We want to thank of all of our readers for following along with us as we presented our coverage of the 2016 Olympics, both here at the live blog and elsewhere at washingtonpost.com.
Before we go, here’s a quick recap of some of Sunday’s events before the Closing Ceremonies:
— American Galen Rupp earned a bronze medal in the men’s marathon — in just the second try ever at that distance for the accomplished runner. The gold went to Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia won silver.
— The U.S. men’s indoor volleyball team won a bronze, beating Russia in five sets after starting off in a 0-2 hole.
— 20-year-old Kyle Snyder became the youngest U.S. wrestling gold medalist.
— Mongolian wrestling coaches tore off their clothes to protest a scoring decision.
— Middleweight Claressa Shields became the first American boxer to win two straight gold medals.
— Behind Kevin Durant, the U.S. men’s basketball team reasserted its dominance and thrashed Serbia for a gold medal.
— Spain got the men’s basketball bronze, defeating Australia.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will always remember Rio fondly, given the massive haul of its athletes. Americans earned 121 medals in all, 51 more than the second-place nation, China, for the biggest margin in a non-boycotted Games since 1932. That was also more than the previous record medal total for the U.S., 110 in 2008.
Great Britain also had a banner Games, collecting 67 medals, more than it earned on London’s home soil in 2012, including more golds (27) and silvers (23) than even mighty China. Rounding out the top 10 in medals were Russia (56), Germany (42), France (42), Japan (41), Australia (29), Italy (28) and Canada (22).
For a complete look at the 2016 medals count, click here. And thanks again for checking out The Post’s live blog, we had a blast bringing it to you!