Tokyo, Aug 9:

Athletes from around the world came together in Japan to celebrate the latest edition of the Olympic Games. Now as they head home, they have one thing to say: Thank you! What an extraordinary Games, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Japanese citizens, the many volunteers and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. These are a Games we will never forget!

Tokyo 2020 was the last Games for several athletes who made Olympic history, from veterans Nino Salukvadze, Jake Gibb and Oksana Chusovitina to medallists Allyson Felix, Pau and Marc Gasol, and Svetlana Romashina.

It was one of the most emotional and heart-warming moments in Olympic history – when Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi decided to share high jump gold rather than continue with the jump-off at Tokyo 2020.

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