The U.S. basketball men sank Spain in one of the last finals of the
London Games on Sunday, sealing their dominance of the sport and that of
the entire American team which won 46 Olympic gold medals to
second-placed China's 38.
At the main stadium in London's East End, the closing ceremony was
due to bring the curtain down on 16 full days of spectacular sporting
action, passionate crowds and the thrill of watching hosts Britain punch
well above their weight.
The Spice Girls, The Who and George Michael are among the big names
set to perform at a concert titled "A Symphony of British Music" which
will feature more than 30 hits from the last five decades.
"This is the disco at the end of a wedding," artistic director Kim
Gavin said of the ceremony, at the conclusion of which the Olympic Flame
is extinguished and all eyes turn from London to 2016 hosts Rio de
Before the ceremony there were the last few medals to decide, and in
the big match of the day the group of U.S. NBA All-Stars including
LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant downed Spain in a repeat of
the final in Beijing in 2008.
The score of 107-100 reflected a closely-fought contest played at
breakneck speed in which Durant led the scoring with 30 points.
Earlier on Sunday, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda broke away from two
Kenyan rivals to win the men's marathon near Buckingham Palace before
vast crowds, reflecting local enthusiasm for the Games despite doubts
about the cost and potential disruption.
After running side by side with world champion Abel Kirui and Wilson
Kipsang, the 23-year-old put in a powerful kick to shake off the Kenyans
six k i lometres from the end of the 42km race. He crossed the finish
line draped in the red, black and yellow Ugandan flag, which he knelt to