Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wins Olympics closing ceremony with brilliant Super Mario appearance 5 years ago

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wins Olympics closing ceremony with brilliant Super Mario appearance

The Rio 2016 Olympics have been a triumph of sporting excellence with heroes like Laura Trott, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah winning medals for incredible feats of physical endurance and endeavour.

But one man trumped them all on the very last day of the games - and he's not even an athlete.

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The closing ceremony was held in the athletics stadium last night as the curtain fell on the games after a terrific two weeks of running, jumping, throwing, fighting, rowing, sailing, tennis-ing and all manner of sporting accomplishments.

And now the baton is passed on to Tokyo who host the next Olympics in 2020.

Traditionally the hosts of the upcoming games take part in the closing ceremony as part of a handover of the Olympic spirit. You may remember a slightly confused-looking David Beckham booting a football over a London bus at the end of the Beijing games in 2008.

BEIJING - AUGUST 24: Football star David Beckham kicks a football during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) Remember this? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

 

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Well Japan have gone one better than that with their effort at the closing of the Rio Olympics.

In a prepared video, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe realises he will be late for the festivities, so switches to his alter ego Super Mario in order to make it on time, using one of Mario's famous green tubes to get to Rio.

It was a great effort from the politician and it went down very well with the viewers.

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But we leave you with this sobering thought...

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