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39 Of The Most Epic Photos From The 2016 Rio Olympics

The games of the XXXI Olympiad summed up in 39 amazing photos.

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Young performers fly kites in the shape of doves, an Olympic tradition that symbolizes peace, to usher in the 2016 Games.

Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo kisses her girlfriend, Marjorie, a volunteer, after accepting her marriage proposal on the sideline of the women's rugby medal ceremony.

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly heat. Phelps went on to win gold for the event, finishing with six medals from Rio — and a total of 28 medals during his Olympic career. 
A view of the Olympic diving pool (left) after the wrong chemicals were dumped in the water, turning it green.
Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia removes his shoes to symbolise his retirement, as he celebrates his final win at the men's 62-kilogram weightlifting contest.
In a true act of diplomacy, South Korea's Lee Eun-ju (right) takes a selfie with North Korea's Hong Un Jong during a gymnastics practice.
Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Katie Ledecky of the United States (center) totally wiping out her competition during the women's 800-meter freestyle final.

Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Lucas William Savola gets a feel of the gold medal won by his mother, USA's Kristin Armstrong, in the cycling road women's individual time trial.

Suffering from an injury following a mid-race collision, USA's Abbey D'Agostino (right) is assisted by her competitor, New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin, during the women's 5,000-meter heat.
Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Michael John Conlan of Ireland gives the finger to the judges after his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia in the boxing men's bantam (56 kilogram) quarterfinal.

Mariana Bazo / Reuters

Japan's Saori Yoshida (left) in tears as Helen Maroulis of the USA celebrates her win in the women's freestyle 53-kilogram wrestling event.

Mongolia's wrestling coaches protest the judges' decision after Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (red) was defeated by Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan in the men's freestyle 65-kilogram match for the bronze medal.
Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe holds up a red glowing ball as Rio de Janeiro hands over the Olympic Games to Tokyo.

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