LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States celebrates his victory against Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine during the Men's Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 1

Summer Olympics, Day 16: Jacob Varner Wins Wrestling Gold

It's the last day at the Olympics, featuring the final in men's basketball, and of course, the closing ceremony. Here's how to watch.

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: United States Reigns Supreme

For nearly two weeks at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it was a dogfight at the top of the medal count leaderboard between the United States and China.

Over the last weekend of events, the United States pulled away. They gained such a lead, in fact, that entering the final day of events on Sunday, they had already ensured they would leave as the winners in total medals and gold medals. Still, the U.S. managed to add two final gold medals to their tally on Sunday, in wrestling and in men's basketball, to make it 46 gold medals in total.

China failed to medal in any event on Sunday and will finish with 87 total medals and 38 gold medals. Russia nabbed four more medals on Sunday to nearly catch up to China, and will wrap things up with 82 total medals.

Host country Great Britain was no slouch, picking up a gold and two silver medals to finish in fourth place with 65. Their 29 gold medals are good for third place in that column, which is something Britain will be very proud of.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
  4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.


Team USA Vs. Spain Final Score: United States Wins Gold Medal, 107-100

The United States beat Spain, 107-100, to win the men's basketball gold medal match Sunday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Kevin Durant dominated, leading all scorers with 30 points, and LeBron James came through in the clutch to give Team USA its second-straight gold medal in the event.

Entering the fourth quarter, the United States led 83-82. They pulled away from there, however. Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer to give the United States a 93-86 lead, and Kobe Bryant put the U.S. up by nine points with two free throws after being fouled behind the arc with six minutes to play. Spain clawed back, however, pulling within six after Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez scored four straight points in transition.

Momentum seemed to be turning slightly towards the Spaniards, until LeBron James came back into the game off the bench with 3:20 remaining. He threw down an emphatic dunk, then hit a 3-pointer with just inside of two minutes left to put Team USA up 102-93 and all but wrap up the gold medal.

James and Bryant would finish with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Chris Paul also enjoyed a nice outing, scoring 11 with two assists and three steals. Pau Gasol led Spain with 24 points and eight rebounds. Navarro was fantastic as well, scoring 21 points.

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How To Watch The 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Live

NBC will be providing a live stream of the Closing Ceremony from London. Find out when and where you can watch the after-party to the 2012 Olympics.


2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony: Time, TV Coverage And More

The 2012 London Olympics will conclude Sunday with the Closing Ceremony officially marking the end of the games.


Olympic Marathon: Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich Wins Gold

Stephen Kiprotich has won Uganda's first-ever medal in the Olympic marathon, taking the gold Sunday morning in London. Kiprotich, 23, crossed the line in 2:08:01, the third-fastest marathon time in the history of the Olympic Games.

Kiprotich used a viscous 24th mile -- run in 4:42, the fastest mile of the race -- to pull away from a pair of Kenyans, Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and claim a surprising victory. Kirui finished 26 seconds behind Kiprotich for the silver medal while Kipsang, the leader for much of the race, settled for bronze (+1:36) after losing touch over the final 5k.

American Meb Keflezighi finished in fourth place with a time of 2:11:06, using a big push over the final 5k. The 37-year-old's time was actually 23 seconds faster than what he turned in at the 2004 Summer Olympics, when he won the silver medal.

Keflezighi was the highest-placed American finisher ... because he was the only American finisher. The other two members of Team USA, Ryan Hall and Abdihakem Abdirahman, both dropped out with injury around mile 11.

Brazil's Franck de Almeida surged ahead at the 10k mark, running the first 6.2 miles in 30:38 (that's a 4:56/mile pace). He was being chased by a pair of Kenyans, Emmanuel Mutai and Abel Kirui. Keflezighi was in 16th place, eight seconds back, while the third American, Ryan Hall, was already struggling in 38th place, and seven seconds off the back of the pack.

Things changed quickly in the seventh mile, for it was then Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich made an early move, separating himself from the field with a 5K stretch run in a blistering 14:11. At the 15k split, he had an 11-second lead on Kirui. The 44:58 split for the first 15k was the second-fastet ever in an Olympic marathon (only 2008 was faster). And that quickened pace was clearly hurting the Americans -- Meb was 39 seconds back, Abdi 1:10 back and Hall, in 50th place, 1:59 off the lead.

Then disaster struck for the Americans at the 11-mile mark as both Hall and Abdirahman stepped off the course within seconds of each other, withdrawing from the race. This left Meb, who at 37 was the oldest member of Team USA, as the only American on the course. Shortly after he withdrew, Hall said he was "kind of in shock" at the first DNF of his life.

Meanwhile, on the course, Kipsang continued to push and was leading the race at the 20km mark and had turned in a 1:03:15 time at the halfway point. But his advantage was beginning to dwindle (perhaps he went too quick too soon?). At the 25km checkpoint, fellow countryman Abel Kirui was just seven seconds back. And that gap quickly disappeared as both Kirui and Kiprotich caught Kipsang and crossed the 30km time check together (1:30:15), 36 seconds ahead of the chase group. Meb was in 10th place, 2:02 back.

Around the 23-mile point, Kiprotich made his move and neither of the Kenyans could keep pace -- by the 40k checkpoint, he was on his way to gold with a 19-second advantage.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.


Olympic Bronze Medal Game: Russia Beats Argentina In Thriller

Led by Alexey Shved, Russia edged Argentina in a magical bronze medal game in the men's basketball tournament at the Olympics.


How To Watch Team USA Basketball Vs. Spain In Gold Medal Game Live Online

The United States and Spain will play for the men's basketball gold medal Sunday and the game can be watched live on NBC or online.

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