الخميس، 16 أغسطس، 2012

Review: 'Dream Team' end the dream Games

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Gold medallists the USA
Gold medallists the USA pose following the Victory Ceremony for the men's Basketball on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena.
It was the closest Basketball final since the USSR beat the USA 51-50, 40 years ago.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the USA, while LeBron James had 19 and Kobe Bryant 17 as the USA ran out 107-100 winners in front of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Boris Johnson, David Beckham and Henry Kissinger.

Russia snatched the bronze away from Argentina as they triumphed 81-77 in the dramatic final seconds of the third-place play-off.

Earlier, Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to clinch a surprise gold medal in the Marathon on The Mall.

The 23-year-old burst past Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 38km mark to leave his two rivals trailing and claim only Uganda's second-ever Olympic gold in Athletics.

Kiprotich followed in the footsteps of his compatriot John Akii-Bua, who was 400m Hurdles champion 40 years ago, and crossed the line in 2:08:01.

Kirui took the silver, 26 seconds adrift, and long-time leader Kipsang finished with the bronze.

Russia became the first team in the history of men’s Olympic Volleyball to win the final from two sets down as they stunned Brazil at Earls Court.

For the best part of three sets the Europeans looked a shadow of the side that had demolished Bulgaria in the semis and Brazil picked points at will to lead 2-0 and 22-19.

But Russia then embarked on one of the most staggering comebacks the sport has seen to win 19-25 20-25 29-27 25-22 15-9 and wrap up a fourth Olympic title.

France also created history in the men’s Handball after becoming the first country to retain the Olympic title following a nervy 22-21 victory against Sweden.

France, who won gold at Beijing 2008 and are also reigning world champions, survived a late Scandinavian comeback to seal their place as the greatest team of all time.

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