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Olympics closing ceremony photos

After 16 days of thrilling action the closing ceremony gets under way

After 16 days of thrilling action the closing ceremony gets under way at the Bird's Nest Stadium with a barrage of fireworks

Colourful performers create a superb atmosphere in the stadium

Performers on drum carts create a superb atmosphere in the stadium as they entertain the capacity crowd on a balmy night in Beijing

Two huge heavenly drums hang in mid-air

Two huge heavenly drums hang in mid-air within the stadium's bowls in yet another display of awe-inspiring choreography

Thousands of Olympians flood into the stadium behind their national flags

Thousands of Olympians flood into the stadium behind their national flags with the end of the Games approaching

The Union Flag is hoisted in the Bird's Nest as the flame still burns

The Union Flag is hoisted accompanied by the national anthem, signalling the start of the British section to the ceremony

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson waves the Olympic flag

The Olympic flag is lowered and then presented to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson who waves it with gusto

A London bus emerges and travels around the stadium before pulling up at a bus stop

A London bus emerges and travels around the stadium before pulling up at a bus stop with a host of performers emerging

Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis

The bus transforms to reveal Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis who perform a rousing version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

David Beckham punts a football into the huge crowd of athletes

Enthusiastic cheers greet David Beckham's arrival on the bus before he punts a football into the crowd of athletes on the stadium floor

Fireworks ignite the night sky

The flame is finally extinguished and attention switches back to a stunning display on the Memory Tower in the centre of the stadium

The screen in the Bird's Nest looks ahead to the London Olympics in 2012

Another huge fireworks display proves to be the last act of an impressive closing ceremony as attention switches to London 2012

Marathon runners cool off under water misters

Earlier in the day the water misters provide comfort for the athletes as temperatures top 30 degrees Celsius during the men's marathon

Sammy Wanjiru

Twenty-one-year-old Sammy Wanjiru crosses the line to claim a stunning victory for Kenya in the Bird's Nest Stadium

Roberto Echeverria

Roberto Echeverria receives treatment at the end of a race which a number of athletes failed to complete

Britain's Dan Robinson crosses the line

Britain's Dan Robinson runs a steady race to finish a creditable 24th in a time just outside his personal best

Italian volleyball players

Russia cope with all Italy have to throw at them in the volleyball bronze medal match, easing to a straight sets victory

The US claim the Olympic men's volleyball gold after beating defending champions Brazil

The US claim the Olympic men's volleyball gold after beating defending champions Brazil by three sets to one

Rhythmic gymnastics

China have the crowd on their side in the team rhythmic gymnastics final as they search for their first Olympic medal in the event

Russian gymnasts

The reigning world champions Russia reveal a polished display to emerge victorious and claim the gold

Mongolia's Badar-Uugan Enkhbat celebrates winning bantamweight gold

Mongolia's Badar-Uugan Enkhbat wins gold after defeating Cuba's Yankiel Leon in the bantamweight final

The United States men celebrate winning gold with a 118-107 victory over Spain in the basketball final

The United States men win basketball gold with a 118-107 victory over world champions Spain in front of a crowd of 18,000

Hungary's players celebrate winning water polo gold

Hungary's domination of water polo continues as they win their third gold in as many Games with a 14-10 win over the US




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