The 2016 Paralympic Games have ended with a blaze of fireworks and a spectacular closing ceremony.
New Zealand’s triple medal winning sprinter Liam Malone carried the flag as the flag bearers marched in single file into the venue.
Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer didn’t attend and Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike took the Paralympic flag in a symbolic handover to the next host city.
A minute’s silence was observed to mark the death of an Iranian para-cyclist in the men’s road race on Sunday, the first ever fatality in Paralympic Games history.
Only a month ago ticket sales stood at 12 per cent. However, a late surge made Rio the second best attended Paralympics in history with 2.1 million tickets sold.
China won the most medals with 239, while New Zealand finished in 13th position with 21 medals.