Paralympics end with a bang

September 20, 2016

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.

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My name is Shem Banbury. I am the owner and Chief Editor of Kiwi Kids News. By day I am a school teacher and by night a wannabe triathlete.


  1. nikita

    October 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    lets go

  2. nikita

    October 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    lets go nz lets go

  3. charlib

    September 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    thats awesome BANG!!!

  4. 87228722

    September 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    yay china won

  5. joelnils

    September 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    That’s sad how he died 🙁

  6. isobel boo ha

    September 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

    sad nz is great at sports but nobody sees it:(

  7. Nathan

    September 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Go nz

  8. Jake

    September 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I feel sorry for that cyclist who died,good luck NZ next time we might do better,great run though!

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