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Brazilian press highlights Olympic “closing party”

Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes (C) attends the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes (C) attends the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Sao Paulo, Aug 22 (EFE).- Brazilian media on Monday provided extensive coverage of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, noting the country’s frustration at not achieving its athletic goals despite winning an unprecedented number of medals as host of one of the world’s premier sports events.

Brazil’s three major newspapers praised the closing ceremonies Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, where samba music gave athletes a carnival farewell, but they also pointed out that Brazil ended up 13th in the medal count, three places below its ambitious expectations.

In the first Olympic Games ever held in South America, Brazil won seven gold medals, compared to the five attained in Athens in 2004, and a total of 19 medals, compared to the 12 taken in London in 2012.

“Brazil celebrates success in the Games but doesn’t reach its goal,” Folha de Sao Paulo, the newspaper with the largest circulation, headlined on its front page, adding: “The organization surprised, and the number of medals increased, but the country was left out of the top 10.”

Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/DEAN LEWINS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Rio in samba nostalgia after the ‘Wonder Games,'” the Sao Paulo paper headlined its sports section.

O Estado de Sao Paulo’s front page headline focused on Brazil’s victory in the Olympic men’s volleyball tournament, the closing ceremony and, again, on Brazil’s failure to achieve its medal goal.

O Globo, the Rio de Janeiro newspaper, headlined with references to the city’s experience with the Olympic Games, and the samba-flavored closing ceremony, which had thousands of athletes dancing.

“Even with a record number of medals, the goal was not achieved,” the newspaper said. “The (closing) party had rain, empty seats and a costumed Japanese prime minister.”

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