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Hassan Ammar, Associated Press
The Olympic flame burns as spectators gather in Olympic Stadium to attend the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.

— The U.S. men's basketball team fought off another challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory and its second straight Olympic championship against the Spaniards. LeBron James capped one of basketball's most brilliant individual years with a monster dunk and a huge 3-pointer in the final 2:50 that wrapped up a close, back-and-forth game.

— Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda rounded a corner with three miles left and simply took off, turning the last mile into a victory lap as he easily captured the marathon, along with the first medal for Uganda at the London Games. He won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second as he pulled away from the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang. Kirui ended up with the silver while Kipsang held on for bronze just ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.

— American Jake Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win in the 74 kilograms Friday night, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.

— Britain's Anthony Joshua got one last gold medal for the home fans. In the super heavyweight final, Joshua rallied to defeat Italy's Roberto Cammarelle for Britain's third boxing gold medal.


— Victory by the men's basketball team gave the United States its 46th gold medal in London, the most ever by Americans in a "road" Olympics. The U.S. won 104 medals overall. It took home 45 golds from Paris in 1924 and Mexico City in 1968. Those totals are still far behind the 83 golds (174 overall) at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, boycotted by the Soviet Union, and 78 golds (a whopping 239 overall) at the 1904 St. Louis Games.

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— China finished with 38 golds, its most ever on foreign soil. Britain, riding home-field support, savored its best Olympics in more than a century with 29 golds and 65 medals. Russia had 24 golds and 82 overall.

— Australia finished with a disappointing seven golds, half as many as it won in Beijing.


— The London Olympics closing ceremony showcased a day in the life of the British capital before the traditional march of the athletes, the handover of the Olympic flag to Rio de Janeiro — next host of the Summer Games — and musical performances by British stars.


— Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 7-23, 2014.

— Rio Summer Olympics, Aug. 5-21, 2016.