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    2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio (110)

    Russian synchronized swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina carried the Russian flag into the Maracana arena for 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony late Sunday.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) — The swimmers won gold in women’s duet, bringing Russia one of its 19 gold medals. Team Russia finished in the fourth place with 56 medals, after the United States, Britain and China.

    The Russian Olympic Committee said previously that it would be the first time in Russia's history when the national flag would be carried by two athletes.

    The spectacular closing ceremony wraps up two weeks of sporting competition, which began on August 5, and was peppered with accusations of doping and disqualifications.

    2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio (110)


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