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Rio Olympics 2016: Team GB closing ceremony outfits revealed

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Media captionThe costumes feature special shoes with flashing bulbs

Team GB's athletes have revealed the colourful outfits they will wear for the Olympic Games closing ceremony - complete with illuminated shoes.

Sunday's event at Rio's Maracana stadium will see Britain's sports stars celebrate their largest ever haul of overseas medals.

Lancashire-based clothing manufacturer Simon Jersey has designed the athletes' red, white and blue outfits.

The quirky costumes are matched with shoes encrusted with flashing bulbs.

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Image caption Cycling's golden couple, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, will show off their Rio medals at the closing ceremony

The Accrington-based designers said the USB-charged shoes were inspired by the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro.

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The jacket will feature a "thank you" to Brazil, written in Portuguese, and a "hello" to Tokyo, the host nation of the next Olympic Games in 2020.

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Image caption Pictured left to right: Fran Halsall, swimming, Nile Wilson, gymnastics, Dina Asher Smith, athletics, Joe Joyce, boxing, Simon Mantell, hockey, and Bianca Walkden, taekwondo

Liz Murphy, of Simon Jersey, said the theme of the costume was inspired by the "spirit of the Rio carnival".

She added: "This is a fantastic contract for us to win. We're the first uniform supplier to actually get this contract, it would normally go to a big high street retailer.

"A billion people are going to see this costume on Sunday night and that's really fantastic."

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Image caption Andy Murray won his second Olympic singles gold medal in Rio

Brazil has planned an elaborate celebration for the closing ceremony, featuring a traditional street party carnival known as the Cordão da Bola Preta.

And, just as Rio de Janeiro put in a guest appearance at the closing ceremony of London 2012, Tokyo will make a special eight-minute presentation.

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Image caption The closing ceremony will be held at Rio's Maracana stadium on Sunday

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