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PHOTOS: Moments that stood out at the Rio Olympics!

August 22, 2016 18:52 IST

The curtains came down on a successful Rio Olympic Games on Sunday. They were 18 days of quality sports action, peppered with a dash of romance and gestures showing true Olympic Spirit.

Here is a flashback of the top moments from the just concluded quadrennial Games…

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium at Rio de Janeiro on August 5

IMAGE: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium at Rio de Janeiro on August 5. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Pita Nikolas Aufatofua of Tonga carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony

IMAGE: Pita Nikolas Aufatofua of Tonga carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in the men’s 100m  semi-final at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14

IMAGE: Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in the men’s 100m semi-final at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (right) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after they collided during the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 at the Olympic Stadium on August 16

IMAGE: Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (right) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after they collided during the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 at the Olympic Stadium on August 16. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

- PIX: When an Olympic runner stopped to help competitor...

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas throws herself across the finish line to win the gold in the women's 400m final of the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 15

IMAGE: Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas throws herself across the finish line to win the gold in the women's 400m final of the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 15. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

- Miller dives over line to deny Felix 400m gold in photo finish

Ibtihaj Muhammad of the United States look dejected after losing to France's Cecilia Berder during the women's Individual Sabre on August 8

IMAGE: Ibtihaj Muhammad of the United States look dejected after losing to France's Cecilia Berder during the women's Individual Sabre on August 8. She became the first athlete to wear a hijab at the Games. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

- American fencer makes history, wears hijab in Olympics

 Samir Ait Said of France breaks his leg while competing on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 6

IMAGE: Samir Ait Said of France breaks his leg while competing on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 6. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Chinese diver Qin Kai proposes to silver medalist He Zi of China on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Diving 3m Springboard Final on August 14

IMAGE: Chinese diver Qin Kai proposes to silver medalist He Zi of China on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Diving 3m Springboard Final on August 14. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

- PHOTOS: A proposal on the podium

Neymar celebrates scoring the winning penalty to help Brazil win the men's football final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20

IMAGE: Neymar celebrates scoring the winning penalty to help Brazil win the men's football final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Sara Dosho of Japan celebrates with her coach after winning the gold medal in the Women's Freestyle 69 kg event on August 17

IMAGE: Sara Dosho of Japan celebrates with her coach after winning the gold medal in the Women's Freestyle 69 kg event on August 17. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances off the weightlifting platform after his effort in the Men's 105kg final at the Rio Games on August 15

IMAGE: David Katoatau of Kiribati dances off the weightlifting platform after his effort in the Men's 105kg final at the Rio Games on August 15. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

- This Kiribati weightlifter adopts unique style to spread a message at Rio Games

Yusra Mardini of the Refugee Olympic Team competes in heat one of the women's 100m Butterfly on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

IMAGE: Yusra Mardini of the Refugee Olympic Team competes in heat one of the women's 100m Butterfly on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 6. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

- Syrian refugee Mardini a winner in the water at Rio Olympics

Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia and his coach react after the match against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan during the Men's Freestyle 65 kg Bronze medal wrestling match on August 21

IMAGE: Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia and his coach react after the match against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan during the Men's Freestyle 65 kg Bronze medal wrestling match on August 21. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

- Wrestling: Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat

Anna Hahner (left) of Germany and her sister Lisa Hahner react as they approaches the finish line during the Women's Marathon of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo on August 14

IMAGE: Anna Hahner (left) of Germany and her sister Lisa Hahner react as they approaches the finish line during the Women's Marathon of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo on August 14. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

From left, bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali of the United States celebrate with American flags after the women's 100m hurdles final on August 17

IMAGE: From left, bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali of the United States celebrate with American flags after the women's 100m hurdles final on August 17. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Rugby player Isadora Cerullo (BRA) of Brazil kisses Marjorie, a volunteer, after receiving her wedding proposal on the sidelines of the women's rugby medal ceremony

IMAGE: Rugby player Isadora Cerullo of Brazil kisses Marjorie, a volunteer, after receiving her wedding proposal on the sidelines of the women's rugby medal ceremony on August 9. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

- Brazil women's rugby player accepts Olympic marriage proposal

Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her women's singles third round match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 9

IMAGE: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her women's singles third round match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 9. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Kenya Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the men's marathon

IMAGE: Kenya Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the men's Marathon at the Rio Olympics on August 21. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Mo Farah of Great Britain and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States compete during the Men's 5000m final on August 20

IMAGE: Mo Farah of Great Britain and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States compete during the Men's 5000m final on August 20. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Kristin Armstrong celebrates after winning the Cycling Road Women's Individual Time Trial on August 10

IMAGE: Kristin Armstrong celebrates after winning the Cycling Road Women's Individual Time Trial on August 10. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

- American Armstrong wins third straight time trial cycling gold

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on August 17

IMAGE: Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on August 17. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Simone Biles competes in the women's Floor final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17

IMAGE: Simone Biles competes in the women's gymnastics Floor final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig celebrates after winning the women's Singles Gold Medal Match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 14

IMAGE: Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig celebrates after winning the women's Singles Gold Medal Match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 14. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Gold medalists Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain celebrate with their medals after the men's doubles gold medal match on August 13

IMAGE: Gold medalists Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain celebrate with their medals after the men's doubles gold medal match on August 13. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Miles Gerek Meinhardt of USA competes with Artur Akhmatkhuzin  of Russia during the fencing men’s foil team semi-final at Carioca Arena on August 12

IMAGE: Miles Gerek Meinhardt of USA competes with Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia during the fencing men’s foil team semi-final at Carioca Arena on August 12. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Ruth Beitia of Spain celebrates winning gold in the high jump on August 20

IMAGE: Ruth Beitia of Spain celebrates winning gold in the high jump on August 20. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Team Ukraine competes in the Synchronised Swimming, teams technical routine final on August 16

IMAGE: Team Ukraine competes in the Synchronised Swimming, teams technical routine final on August 16. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Erik Heil of Germany and team-mate Thomas Ploessel celebrate their bronze medal win in the Men's Skiff - 49er sailing event on August 18

IMAGE: Erik Heil of Germany and team-mate Thomas Ploessel celebrate their bronze medal win in the Men's Skiff - 49er sailing event on August 18. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
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