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    This picture shows an overview during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016.

    Synchronized Swimmers Bring Russian Flag for 2016 Olympic Closing Ceremony

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    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.

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