People gathered near the National Stadium watch the firework display launched during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. AP
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United States tasted success in volleyball, track cycling and basketball to top the tally with 39 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, just one ahead of China, as the biggest sports event ended on Sunday.
Britain finished fourth with 22 golds and the Russian Olympic Committee, the team for Russian athletes after Russia were banned for systematic doping, were fifth with 20.
In total 33 sports were held during the 16-day long event in the empty stadiums, with fans barred over COVID-19 precautions and athletes confined to strict bio-secure conditions.
New sports including skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate made their debut at the Tokyo Games while giving a chance to new stars to shine at the biggest stage.
Olympic flame burning (L) and another cauldron as it closes (R) after the flame was extinguished. AFP
Sunday's closing ceremony got underway at an Olympic Stadium sans spectators, rounding off an event conducted mostly for a worldwide TV audience of billions.
Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony in Tokyo. AFP
The president of the International Olympic Committee thanked the Japanese people and acknowledged the difficulty of staging the Games during the pandemic.
"For the first time since the pandemic began, the entire world came together," Thomas Bach said. "Nobody has ever organised a postponed Games before."
Keleti, who celebrates her birthday on Jan.9, is also Hungary's most successful gymnast, and one of the most decorated Jewish athletes in history. While she now has dementia that affects her short-term memory, her feisty spirit remains intact.
The Abes' success gave Japan its third and fourth gold medal of the day after Yuto Horigome took skateboarding's first Olympic title and swimmer Yui Ohashi was the surprise winner of the women's 400m individual competition.
China won the mixed doubles the previous day and had hopes of pulling off a golden badminton sweep in Tokyo, after a spotty performance at the Rio Games in Brazil. In 2012, at London Games, China won all 5 badminton gold medals.
Emma McKeon, who has pocketed four golds in Tokyo, swam the butterfly leg as part of Australia's 'Awesome Foursome' in the medley relay, with Cate Campbell's superb final leg pushing the United States into silver.
The Indian team, which lifted the trophy, did not feature stalwart cricketers likes Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Though Babar scored a half-century and Pakistan won the low-scoring warm-up game against the West Indies on Monday, the captain consumed 41 deliveries for his 50, while Rizwan struck his 13 off 17 balls and didn't score a single boundary.
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Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, has reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to FIFA’s development agenda for international football, as well as its efforts to empower communities through football.