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Paralympics closes in London, hands on to Rio

Sep 09, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT
The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, waves the Paralympic flag in the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games September 9, 2012.
REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

London's 2012 Paralympics has ended with a fiery finale and official handover to 2016 host, Rio de Janeiro. The show, described as a "festival of flame" honouring Britain's ancient traditions and festivals, brought to a close 11 days of sport which were capped on the track by South Africa's Oscar Pistorius winning the final track gold medal with a dominant display in the men's 400 metres on Saturday.