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Rio de Janeiro wins right to host 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - They know how to throw a party in Rio, and there's a big one under way there now.

Tens of thousands are celebrating the choice of the Brazilian city as the host of the 2016 Olympics.

Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting.

Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee. It was one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.

Rio had played heavily on the fact that South America has never previously hosted the games, while Europe, Asia and North America have done so repeatedly. Now, only Africa and Antarctica remain as continents that have not been awarded an Olympics.


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