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Apt, it is time to extinguish this live blog which, luxuriate in the Olympic flame, has been burning brightly since 23 July. Thanks to all people who has contributed to it – both here at the Guardian and to those of you discovering out wherever you are on the earth. We hope you enjoyed the protection and that the posts struck the factual tone throughout what has been a loads of Olympics throughout an endemic. Once you happen to know what we provide out you potentially can maintain into consideration supporting our journalism here. The sporting motion is no longer over in Tokyo, then yet again. Put aside a date in your diary for 24 August, when the Paralympics opening ceremony begins. I’ll lag away you with Martin Belam’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics briefing. As Martin says, farewell and arigato.
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I’ll be shutting down this liveblog presently however sooner than I raise out maintain one closing peek at the medal table. Eighty-six countries gained medals and every athlete took some recycled cell cell phone aspects home with them, as you potentially can look in this video.
Now we maintain one more belting gallery here, which sums up the lengths to which athletes went to procure in form for the Olympics whereas often being restricted to practising at home throughout loads of Covid lockdowns. There’s additionally a inform on whether or no longer their ingenious practising systems paid off.
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Thanks to those readers in Japan who maintain emailed in to offer opinions on the Tokyo Games. Rebecca King is one more who has summed up her suggestions on the subject very smartly.
Was that success – and the stop it had on the nation – worth it?
“Clearly, that question of can’t be answered yet. The ‘Eastern athletes a hit’ snippets will be on TV endlessly from now until, smartly, at the least Paris. But the buzz will depart and the payments have to be paid. Happily, I raise out deem the effervescent of the athletes and personnel appears to be like to maintain labored. Bach did piss every person off beforehand by saying there modified into as soon as ‘zero chance’, which modified into as soon as a unimaginative thing to snort. Nevertheless, coronavirus conditions had been already rising as the Say of Emergency declarations are toothless and loads of folks are wait on within the office and loads of unvaccinated folks are going out to eat and socialise. Trains had already began to maintain up yet again.
“Having acknowledged that, the choice to preserve the Games has led to the public getting even more complacent and there modified into as soon as a account of a game of golf with a lunch procure together held by some people of a board of training whose excuse modified into as soon as: ‘The Tokyo Olympics is being held by enforcing thorough infection prevention measures. We made up our minds that if we additionally took measures, we would possibly possibly well additionally play golf, which is additionally a sport.’
“Colleagues maintain commented on the shortcoming of spectators within the stadium, however that spectators are allowed to the national excessive college baseball contest. There modified into as soon as a frequent lack of social distancing throughout the pandemic anyway – though most folks set on masks in and outdoors – so some folks, no longer factual the IOC, belief spectators needs to be allowed. Primarily folks with tickets, shrimp doubt! Of course, scientific doctors had been saying it’ll no longer be cancelled. As had been most of the public, and there had been pretty somewhat of offended voices until Japan started doing so smartly. The idiom ‘swap one’s tune’ came up in a single of my uni classes and I gave the instance: ‘Final week – “It is a abominable idea to preserve the Games”; this week – “Wow! Gold speed! The Eastern athletes are titanic!”
“I did deem the occasion have to maintain been cancelled even supposing I had three tickets. My velodrome one modified into as soon as restful loyal – I hadn’t requested for a refund factual in case. My Eastern partner modified into as soon as adamant he modified into as soon as no longer going. Except a couple of days into the Games, that is. Then he got all livid and acknowledged, ‘Lets lag?’ So we did. I’m fully vaccinated however I’ve no longer advised many folks I attended an occasion as I’m no longer certain how that will most definitely be viewed.
“It modified into as soon as unhappy seeing the volunteers restful making an try to be upbeat outside the set and venue when there modified into as soon as nobody to befriend. It modified into as soon as irregular no longer being in a spot to cheer, and there modified into as soon as no longer great of an ambiance within the velodrome as it modified into as soon as simplest about 15% plump. I the truth is maintain the truth is enjoyed the closing two weeks and it modified into as soon as so nice having something else to deem about and skim about aside from coronavirus. I’m no longer awaiting going wait on to the particular world. I’m biased, as I’ve the least bit times cherished the Olympics and I attended an occasion, however I’m happy they went forward. I definitely modified my tune.”
A legacy of the Tokyo Games stands out as the gentle that has been shone on the psychological health of athletes amid the extraordinary rigidity they are set below when scrutinised by friends, judges, the mainstream media and folks on social media. In Tokyo, the set opponents had been remoted amid the pandemic, that burden of expectation gave the impression increased than ever. Barney Ronay wrote very smartly on the subject. Once you happen to uncared for it, this piece is smartly worth a learn and applies to loads of teenagers in sport away from the Olympics.
So many athletes emerge from an industrialised version of their sport, a scheme that isn’t play or enjoyment, however a machine designed for a hit. How is that speculated to play out at the recent Olympics when athletes maintain been remoted, unable to speak, and requested to emerge swiftly into the gentle and function?
One other look from Japan: “Being in Tokyo I the truth is feel extremely conflicted,” writes Andrew Wolff. “I the truth is maintain an Olympic gold medalist grandfather and I’m a natural fan of the Games who modified into as soon as at the origin very livid about them going forward. On the one hand they maintain delivered a titanic sporting spectacle and have not been the superspreader occasion as soon as feared. On the loads of hand, outside the Tokyo bubble we maintain 150 Tokyoites on ventilators combating for their lives and our perfect caseloads yet by a titanic margin. The Olympics positively blueprint the tone that it modified into as soon as OK for parents to let their guard down and I get that refined to reconcile.”
I luxuriate in this. Emerson Andrade, the brother of Brazil’s gold and silver-a hit gymnast, Rebeca Andrade, describes managing to be a thoughtful neighbour even whereas dealing with the whirlwind of emotions he modified into as soon as feeling whereas cheering his sister on at 5.30am in Brazil.
We didn’t are in search of to cry too loudly because of this of of the time of day … We had been over the moon however we had to manage ourselves because of this of of the neighbours.
You possibly can learn more about what it modified into as soon as luxuriate in for family people left within the wait on of as they tuned in to gaze their family people compete at Tokyo 2020 here.
Let’s throw issues forward three years then lets? I deem the Olympics maintain benefited from the inclusion of surfing, BMXing and skateboarding even supposing these sports activities provoked great tutting when first announced. You might well additionally unbiased disagree, however I deem they maintain helped connect a youthful viewers to the Olympics and shown the area that folks who compete in these sports activities develop factual as many sacrifices and work every bit as exhausting as more traditional athletes raise out to excellent their abilities. And in Paris we can look breakdancing be part of the phrase.
Paris 2024 organisers bellow the Olympics will “blueprint a brand recent linked outdated for inclusive, gender-balanced and youth-centred games” and including breakdancing is a component of the growth of the so-referred to as “urban” programme. Equality will play a key role in 2024, too, with Paris aiming to be the foremost Games to construct a 50% split between female and male athletes, edging Tokyo which managed 48.8%.
William Fotheringham has penned his suggestions on the performance of Crew GB’s Olympic cyclists in which the Kennys remained the golden couple of British biking – however I in particular luxuriate in this line:
The plethora of BMX metalware would possibly possibly well additionally no longer often maintain been predicted, however will give tall impetus to a self-discipline which is the best entry-phrase bike racing for loads of urban-subject kids.
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Trevor Kew has emailed in with his suggestions – and they’re very inspiring too. “For many folks here in Japan, the Olympics maintain been a TV phrase factual luxuriate in in loads of countries, albeit with some acquainted scenic backdrops. Clearly almost all folks here agree that these Games must by no technique maintain long past forward, however at the least there modified into as soon as something involving and distracting on TV for a couple of weeks. But I don’t deem many folks here will the truth is remember these Games as the Eastern Olympic Games or Tokyo Games.
“I live discontinuance to many of the Olympic venues, many of that are perched out on man made islands in Tokyo Bay, which form of reminded me of the exiguous Dutch outpost of Dejima off of Nagasaki, which modified into as soon as the best spot foreigners would possibly possibly well additionally consult with in Japan between 1620-1853 (Eastern had been forbidden from leaving Japan as smartly). Some foreign places journalists’ articles about Japan throughout the Olympics form of reminded me of some of the diaries I’ve learn written by the insular denizens of Dejima … so discontinuance to Japan and yet to this level.
“What a disgrace that company to this lovely country couldn’t skills it and even more so that the Eastern folks and we foreigners who live here and are proud to preserve out so weren’t even in a spot to attend our be pleased procure together. These Olympics would possibly possibly well additionally as smartly maintain been played on the moon.”
The Olympics the least bit times give us excellent photographs and I deem photographers maintain scaled recent heights at these Games as they got ingenious and located recent ways to develop shots inspiring within the absence of crowds. This gallery is a case in level.
“Expose a photographer a reflective surface – be it water, glass, a cloak or a visor – and they’ll phrase you a striking image”
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Once you happen to’re questioning how the BBC adopted protection of sport’s splendid phrase on Earth. Effectively, with Money for Nothing of course! The phrase in which Sarah Moore renovates damaged-down tat for a profit. I’m going away out Lutalo Muhammad. I would possibly possibly well additionally hear to his frigid, peaceable bellow all day. He’s therapy in taekwondo pundit invent. Here he’s speaking to Sachin Nakrani in an interview from closing week:
No longer all people in a mountainous British sport admin role is feeling gratified after the Olympics, mind. UK Athletics’ Christian Malcolm has been pressured to defend GB’s athletics performance. GB’s athletics crew failed to maintain a single gold medal for the foremost time since Atlanta in 1996. His predecessor, Ed Warner, caught the boot in when he acknowledged:
The closing time GB came away from a Games without a gold medal modified into as soon as 1996. Twenty-second spot overall is grim and compares with third, eighth, fourth and sixth over the last four Games. Although Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake had held on for gold within the slump relay, Britain would simplest maintain bumped up to 13th spot.
Here’s the plump legend:
I’d be to procure a few views from Japan on what you made of the Tokyo Olympics now they maintain come and long past. Japan performed extremely smartly, finishing third within the medal table with 27 golds, 14 silvers and 17 bronze medals. Was that success – and the stop it had on the nation – worth it?
Crew GB’s chef de mission, Designate England, has been lavishing reward on his younger crew to the extent that he believes their performance modified into as soon as the splendid ever by a British Olympic crew.
For this crew to bring 65 medals is on the entire extraordinary. The crew has made history on the wait on of the most complex, no longer easy and most refined environments that we can ever face, definitely in my lifetime. And I’m in a position to claim that because of this of I’ve been livid about five or six summer season Games.
Here’s a composite image of every Crew GB medal winner at Tokyo 2020.
And here’s Sean Ingle’s legend:
But it’s no longer pretty the end. “Arigato,” is the message displayed on the mountainous electronic board at the Olympic Stadium as 1,072 fireworks blast off from the roof and invent a spectacle of gentle, sparks and no shrimp smoke. And that the truth is is the end of the closing ceremony, which got the tone factual factual I deem.
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There’s time for somewhat more performative art, though, in which I deem we’re taken forward to a imaginative and prescient of the prolonged urge in which younger folks are taught the lessons learned at the Tokyo Olympic Games and the legacy they left the oldsters of Japan. I’m taking a punt on the which technique here, though. I deem that’s factual. The Olympic cauldron, which to this level has represented the solar, is now solid as the moon. It’s metal casing shifts form and extinguishes the flame. After which all is dusky.
‘I expose the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed’
Thomas Bach officially closes the Tokyo Olympic Games however no longer sooner than a shrimp bit pat on the wait on. “We did it! Collectively!”
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Thomas Bach, the IOC president, speaks:
Athletes went sooner, went better and had been stronger because of this of they all stood together in cohesion. You impressed us with this unified image of sport. And it modified into as soon as even more outstanding because of this of of what you confronted within the pandemic. For the foremost instances for the reason that pandemic the area came together. Folks had been united by emotion, sharing moments of joy and inspiration. This offers us hope, this affords us faith within the prolonged urge. The Olympic Games of Tokyo had been the Olympic Games of hope, cohesion and peace. You the Eastern folks would be extremely proud of what you achieved. On behalf of your entire athletes we bellow thank you Tokyo, thank you Japan.
Bach continues to pay tribute to the volunteers who made the Games happen and the Eastern authorities who made Tokyo 2020 happen. “Thanks for staying with us on the aspect of the athletes who had been inspiring for these Olympic Games. No person has ever organised a postponed Olympics.”
The Tokyo Olympics organising committee president, Seiko Hashimoto, speaks now to pay tribute to those that made the Games that you just potentially can thunder about and to the Olympic spirit displayed by the athletes, whether or no longer experiencing the joy of glory or the bitter effort of defeat. She believes the facility on phrase at Tokyo 2020 will abet the Olympic spirit alive your entire plan by means of to Paris 2024. She says Tokyo now can’t wait to host the Paralympics.
We’re on to a montage of loads of landmarks round Paris that will most definitely be ancient to host events ending, of course, with the Eiffel Tower, the set many spectators maintain gathered to cheer heartily as the Patrouille de France soar by. The idea modified into as soon as to soar the largest ever flag from the tower this afternoon however it modified into as soon as too windy so, alas, that narrate stunt will have to attend. Emmanuel Macron greets the area from atop the tower in pretty some phrase. Paris maintain pulled out your entire stops here.
It’s a version of La Marseillaise that has been pre-recorded in loads of locations round Paris and is a shrimp bit quieter then you definately would possibly possibly well additionally question with loads of strings. Truly, it sounds luxuriate in it would possibly possibly possibly well additionally maintain been a Lucasfilm manufacturing played over the end credits of Primary person Wars. Oh, and it ends in space, with Thomas Pesquet playing the saxophone on the global spacestation.
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And now the Olympic flag handover session begins to backdrop music that would possibly possibly well additionally without effort maintain been plucked from 50 Chillout Lounge Classics. Bach passes the Olympic flag to Hidalgo, who waves it round heartily to applause from the athletes within the stadium. That flag will now be taken to the town hall in Paris, the set this would possibly occasionally attach for the three years within the leadup to the Games. And now time for the French national anthem La Marseillaise. And who hasn’t got time for the French national anthem?
The first female mayor of Paris, Ana María Hidalgo, is presented alongside the IOC’s head-honcho Thomas Bach, for the passing of the baton as the focal level shifts to the French capital for the buildup to the 2024 Games. But first, the Olympic anthem is sung with gusto by an opera singer is an eyecatching tall electric blue costume. Once you happen to’re no longer acquainted, here it’s:
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Apt, we’re wait on to some performative dance now, first within the stadium and then a lower away to Hokkaido, in northern Japan, for some ragged dance by the Ainu folks. It’s a beautifully shot video and the landscape in Hokkaido is jawdropping, with mountains blending into sea. We’re then taken thousands of miles south for the Eisa dance within the Okinawa islands, a jauntier type in my humble notion, and then wait on by means of central Japan the set we’re treated to a snippet of the Awa Dance Festival.
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There’s a ceremony now to mumble the athletes who had been elected to the Global Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission: Pau Gasol, Maja Wloszczowska, Federica Pellegrini and Yuki Ota had been voted on to the price by fellow athletes. Their role is to behave as a bridge between athletes and the IOC. Gasol isn’t there however Pellegrini, Wloszczowska and Ota play a process in presenting items to volunteers to snort thank you for their tall contribution at these Games in which they maintain set themselves at chance throughout an endemic to develop Tokyo 2020 happen.
The medal ceremony for the males’s marathon is taking spot. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge stands out atop the podium carrying his gold medal and outstanding tracksuit (and a wide smile underneath the conceal, I’m hoping). He absolutely bossed the urge, finishing in 2: 08.38 and over a minute forward of the leisure of the sphere. He’s 36. Will he, at 39, defend his title for a third time at Paris 2024?
Hi there, Gregg here. I’m factual wait on from the skatepark, the set my daughters maintain been making an try to preserve out systems and flicks having been impressed to preserve out so after staring at Sky Brown. The Olympic Make, factual there. Thanks to Daniel for guiding us by means of the majority of the closing ceremony whereas reviewing the trackies on offer. I’m here to maintain on the closing leg and guide these Games home. Let me know what your spotlight modified into as soon as? Mine? Potentially Kye Whyte and Beth Schriever being radiant on their BMXs.
But that’s it for me and these Games – thanks inspiring about your organization and comments, it’s been an absolute joy. Here’s Gregg Bakowski to head looking out out us home.
We maintain got the medal ceremony for the ladies’s marathon, gained by Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya. But let’s no longer omit to congratulate whoever designed her crew’s stash, which is on the entire banging.
Time for the Greece anthem and raising of the flag. There’s one pole left, which I make a selection is for the tricolore. In my view, I’d maintain Claude Leclochard to function that part of the ceremony.
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It’s mountainous-band Ode to Pleasure subsequent, the aforementioned Tony Blair’s favourite tune (when he belief the viewers crucial to hear it modified into as soon as that, on a loads of occasion it modified into as soon as Sympathy for the Devil). But, as I form that, in comes the accordion, which I have confidence about, devices up Paris as the host in 2024. Indisputably we’re getting some Jean-Michel Jarre for the closing ceremony of that.
Apt about now, on the wheels of steel, any individual bellow hi there to the DJ Matsunaga. He performs looking out away, scratches with his elbow and that form of palaver, then disappears as presently as he arrived, as Milet comes on to conceal Edith Piaf’s Hymne à L’amour. Immense stuff.
“On the subject of athletes cameraderie,” says Jerry Spring. “Perhaps no longer so many folks caught the ladies’s podium for the blended hiking last. I’d love it’ll you can well additionally piece that within the blog … It restful brings tears to my eyes for the love, joy and appreciate between those three excellent climbers.”
Oh my gosh, I’ve factual viewed one of the titanic rugs, owned by any individual playing within the horn piece accompanying the recent japery. That with the Nigeria trcky, and we’re the truth is speaking.
By the motorway, it’s raining in Nottingham, the set a beautiful first Test would possibly possibly well additionally factual be petering out.
“As you mentioned Chris Hoy’s shoes,” says Reduce Marshall, “it’s positively worth referencing Alex Horne and the Horne Portion’s ‘Chris Hoy loves a Saveloy’.”
We’ve all our athletes with us now – smartly, all those restful in Toyko, and a gradual-weight phrase is underway. It’s splendid spectacular I’ve to snort, dazzling color cascading luxuriate in waves then waterfall. Then it all comes together into Olympic rings and my seven-12 months-damaged-down bursts in to expose “Wow, that is so splendid, did they develop all that factual now.” No, I did it earlier,” I guarantee her. “Daddy, you’re the splendid,” she assures me.
Immense Britain, within the period in-between, look an absolute mess, you’ll be disturbed to learn: shorts with a belt and a depressing white polo shirt with what appears to be like luxuriate in a contaminated tatt on the shoulder however is some form of flag invent. Absolute dizgraze.
Japan’s big are carrying the same trainers, a form of hot crimson, which match their jackets. I don’t luxuriate in the round neck, however the color is amazingly involving.
“I look some mingling,” says Andrew Cotter, as Australia are accessible carrying, let’s be exact, a fully abominable green and gold polo shirt and white-shorts combo. No.
Here come USA, bouncing about in white trackies. Need to raise out better – must you’ve got blue and crimson to play with, you’ve got plan more scope to preserve out something splendid – these are too plai.
These Jamaica tracksuits are tremendous – so great so that the crew are carrying them as they are accessible, though it’s a zillion levels in Toyko,
“The mournful music you mentioned,” begins Xu Yun Liang as I realise I’ve announced a gaping gap in my frequent files to the area. “That’s the theme from master Oz.’s opus Tokyo Account. I wager it have to be the same of DJ playing Primary person Wars theme 7 years later in Los Angeles?”
Here come the athletes, some form of mountainous-band phrase-tune playing. I daresay some will maintain taken drink in step with ancient tradition, though the aged grownup gymnastics would possibly possibly well additionally unbiased be compromised by the pandemic.
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Once you happen to’re questioning, the flag-marching is restful occurring, representatives of every country emerging to face in a circle round a rostrum. Extra news as I procure it. I reckon any individual must take dangle of the mic, give it “I acknowledged a hip-hop, the hippie, the hippie, to the hip, hip-hop and you don’t stop the rockin, to the bang-bang boogie, bellow up soar the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat”, then look what occurs subsequent.
“What’s struck me about these Games,” says James Taylor, “has been the titanic camaraderie between the athletes and the sheer joy of them being in a spot to compete at an occasion they have to maintain belief would possibly possibly well additionally unbiased by no technique happen. It’s been this kind of posh 18 months for all people however I’m in a position to’t thunder about the dedication to speak for something that modified into as soon as the least bit times in doubt. It’s additionally been striking for the glory It’s raised over psychological health and the rigidity these athletes are below. The human aspect of sport has the truth is displayed itself at its simplest.”
Yup, can’t argue with any of that – I’m in a position to simplest thunder about the dread of pondering they had been long past and relief that they weren’t.
Laura Kenny has the union flag, and that appears to be like a solid decision to me – her joy is so compelling and infectious.