'Dream Team' end the dream Games - London 2012 - Basketball
As the curtain fell on London 2012, the USA overcame some fierce resistance from Spain to land their fifth Basketball gold in the six Olympic Games since the start of the 'Dream Team' era on a gripping final day of action.
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. It was the closest Basketball final since the USSR beat the USA 51-50, 40 years ago.
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.
Kirui took the silver, 26 seconds adrift, and long-time leader Kipsang finished with the bronze.
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, 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.
The Balkan outfit have been the outstanding side of the London 2012 tournament, with eight wins from eight matches, and end it as worthy champions.
The champion from the now-defunct Feather Weight division, regarded by some as the world's best amateur, romped to a 19-9 victory over his Republic of Korea opponent.
Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana was earlier crowned Fly Weight champion after beating Tugstsogt Nyambayar.
Carrazana, 18, won by a score of 17-14 over his older Mongolian opponent in what was an exciting contest.
Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev claimed the Welter Weight crown with a 17-9 win over home favourite Fred Evans.
Russia's Egor Mekhontcev took Light Heavy Weight gold after the tightest contest possible against Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov.
The bout was scored 15-15 and the fighters could not even be separated by countback, with Mekhontcev winning courtesy of the judges’ individual preference.
The final bout of the Olympic Boxing competition had those in the ExCeL on their feet as Britain's Anthony Joshua survived an Italian appeal to beat defending Super Heavy Weight champion Roberto Cammarelle on countback.
Kumar, a railway worker from Delhi, was looking to become India's first-ever Olympic champion wrestler, but Yonemitsu overcame him 1-0 3-1 to record a historic win for Japan at the ExCeL. Jake Varner of the United States took the 96kg men's Freestyle title.
Russia won their fourth consecutive gold in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Group competition after two stunning performances in the final at Wembley Arena.
The final piece of Gymnastics action at London 2012 did not disappoint, with Russia scoring 28.700 in their five balls routine before 28.300 with the ribbons and hoops earned them a total of 57.000 to retain their title. Belarus (55.500) won silver ahead of Italy (55.450) in bronze.
With the sport complete, attention then turned to the spectacular Closing Ceremony, as the world bid farewell to London 2012 - a truly memorable Olympic Games.