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Saturday, 03 October 2009

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after seeing off Madrid in the final round of voting among International Olympic Committee members on Friday.

Carlos Osorio, general secretary of the Rio bid, told Reuters: "Overwhelming, spectacular, unbelievable."

In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favourite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady.

It was a rebuff for Obama, who had become the first sitting US president to address an IOC session.

Tokyo followed them out in the second round, leaving Madrid and Rio to slug it out in the final round.

Rio will be the first South American city to host the Games.


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