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Stars close London Paralympics that 'lifted the cloud of limitation'

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Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012.

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Performers with flame throwers burn the grass in the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony.

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Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony.

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Swimmer Ellie Simmonds of Great Britain, right, who won four medals during the Games, enjoys the atmosphere with fellow Team GB Paralympians during the closing ceremony.

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Jay-Z performs with Coldplay during the closing ceremony. The stars were paid a nominal one pound ($1.60) to play.

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Circus artists enter the stadium from the air.

The Associated Press reports — Farewell, London. Good luck matching that, Rio.

 Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z rocked the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night to give the biggest-ever Paralympic Games a rousing send-off, wrapping up an unforgettable summer of sports in Britain.

 The three-hour party at the packed 80,000-seat arena in east London gave the world a chance to celebrate 11 days of Paralympic competition that have shifted perceptions and shattered stereotypes about the disabled.

 "In this country, we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way," said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organizing committee. "The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation." Read the full story

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