Olympics - Day 16 UPDATES
Welcome to the 16th day of our live coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games, where we'll keep you right up to date with all the major happenings throughout the day. We'll keep it light and informal, and we invite your tweets and Facebook comments throughout the day, so keep them coming. A
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SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST
- so the competition has drawn to a close at London 2012, and it was magic to be a part of it. The US were fairly comfortable winners on the Medals table, but the hosts Great Britain excelled with 29 golds and 64 medals in all. Three golds for SA in the first week were enough to hang on to the lead in the African standings, just ahead of Ethiopia and a slightly disappointing Kenya.
Michael Phelps bade a fitting farewell, safe in the knowledge that many a young superstar - not least SA's Van der Burgh and Le Clos - was born at these Games and will carry the swimming torch on; Rudisha, Bolt and Jamaica, Felix x2 (Allyson and Sanchez) lit up the track, with Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis reducing the home crowds to tears.
Highlights elsewhere included SA's gold in the lightweight rowing fours, Mexico stunning Brazil in the men's football, the Brits' incredible domination of track cycling (and Bradley Wiggins in the road time-trial), and Andy Murray's demolition job of Roger Federer in the tennis final.
For many of us it was our four-yearly watch of fascinating disciplines such as archery, gymnastics, fencing and weightlifting, our slight bemusement at synchronised swimming and handball, but all in all it was as overwhelming as we'd hoped it would be - and now we just have to figure out what to do with ourselves without it. Is there other sport on at the moment?!!
Thanks for the company, the tweets and the suggestions, so all that's left to say is Roll on Rio 2016!
- not long now until the closing ceremony brings the curtain down on a wonderful Olympics, so let's have a look at some of the results from today. All finals are from the men's competition:
- Basketball: Bronze - Russia 81, Argentina 77; Gold - US 107, Spain 100.
- Handball: Bronze - Croatia 33, Hungary 26; Gold - France 22, Sweden 21.
- Volleyball: Bronze - Italy 3 sets to Bulgaria 1; Gold - Russia 3 sets to Brazil 2.
- Waterpolo: Bronze - Serbia 12, Montenegro 11; Gold - Croatia 8, Italy 6.
- so it won't be a medal finish on Sunday for SA, with Burry Stander - who led just before the halfway stage - coming fifth in the men's MTB Cross-country. The winner was Czech Republic's Jaroslav Kulhavy in 1hr29.07 after a titanic struggle with Switzerland's Nino Schurter, who was one second behind. Italy's Marco Fontana was third in 1:29.32, Spain's Jose Hermida Ramos fourth in 1:29.36, with Stander a further second behind.
Tell you what though, I don't think I've seen athletes more spent after their event than these guys. Phenomenal hour-and-a-half effort over a tough course, and there was no question of a lap of honour here! Dropping their bikes as soon as they were over the line...
- final athletics event has its medallists, and Uganda have their first medal of the Games - and it's a gold in the marathon!
Stephen Kiprotich came home in 2:08.01 after bursting away at the 23-mile mark (of 26), leaving Kenya's Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich to settle for the silver and gold. In 7th was Zimbabwe's Cuthbert Nyasango, with his fellow countryman Wirimai Juwawo in 15th.
SA's Lusapho April was 43rd and Stephen Mokoka 49th on a tough course and day for the athletes.
There was also another one of those 'Olympic moments', with Lesotho's Tsepo Ramonene shattered on the course, but determined to finish. His time of 2:55.54 was nearly 46 minutes slower than the winner, and ten minutes slower than second last place, but he was cheered all the way to the finish line on the Mall.
Never mind the Mall at Buckingham Palace though, he looked more like he was walking in a shopping mall...
Denying the Kenyans victory means SA will finish at the top of the African medals table, with their 3 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze just good enough to beat Ethiopia's 3 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze. SA also has Burry Stander to come in the MTB Cross-country.
- Can you believe it - the final day of London 2012! You wait years and years, and then whoof!, it's gone in a flash. Can't say we haven't had our fill though, it's been awesome...
The final day sees no athletics programme in Olympic Stadium, although the marathon runners have just set off on their tour of London's tourist attractions. Wouldn't be surprised if some of them have their cameras with them...
Elsewhere, there really is a male focus today with the finals of the basketball (Spain v US), handball, volleyball and waterpolo. The Africans will be looking to dominate the marathon, while Burry Stander will be hoping for one last medal for SA in the men's MTB Cross-country race.
Interesting point - if Stander doesn't win a gold or silver today, SA could be overtaken at the top of the African medals table if the Kenyans or Ethiopians shine in the marathon. A gold for either will take them ahead, or even a silver for Ethiopia would suffice (if Stander doesn't mach or better that).
For the full day's schedule, CLICK
HERE, but below we have the highlights:
21:45 - 00:45
12:00 - Men's Marathon (18 Africans)
Basketball - Men
16:00 - Gold final: US v Spain
Boxing - Men
14:30 - Men's Fly (52kg) final
14:45 - Men's Light (60kg) final
15:15 - Men's Welter (69kg) final
15:45 - Men's Light Heavy (81kg) final
16:15 - Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) final
Cycling Mountain Bike
14:30 - Men's Cross-country (Burry Stander, Philip Buys - SA)
Gymnastics - Rhythmic
12:00 - Group All-Around, Rotation 1
16:00 - Group All-Around, Rotation 2
Handball - Men
16:00 - Gold final, France v Sweden
Volleyball - Men
14:00 - Gold final, Russia v Brazil
Waterpolo - Men
16:50 - Golf final, Croatia v Italy
Wrestling - Men
15:03 - Freestyle 66 kg final
15:48 - Freestyle 96 kg final
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