LONDON (dpa-AFX) - The competitions in London 2012 Olympic Games came to end on Sunday with the United States regaining the global supremacy in sports from China, which emerged overall champions in the Olympics they hosted in 2008.
The United States continued the medal hunt on the final day, adding two more golds to their kitty. The US won 46 golds, 29 silver, and 29 bronze medals in this Games, finishing with a total medal tally of 104. China (38-27-22-87) could not win a single medal on the last day, while hosts Britain won a gold and two silver (29 17 19 65) to finish in the third position.
This is Britain's best post-war total in Olympics.
Russia overtook Britain in overall medal tally, but the less number of golds pushed them down to fourth (24-25-33-82).
The US 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.
The North Greenwich Arena witnessed the United State's 14th Olympic basketball gold with a 107-100 win in the pulsating final.
France wrote themselves into the history books after becoming the first country to retain the Olympic Games title in men's handball following a nervy 22-21 victory in the final against Sweden.
Anthony Joshua won the men's Super-Heavyweight Boxing title for the Host Nation beating Italy's Roberto Cammarelle.
Russia avenged their pool-stage defeat to Brazil in the final of the men's Volleyball, as they came from two sets down to beat the South Americans 15-9 in the fifth and final set and take gold.
Croatia secured its fifth Olympic gold of the Games beating Italy in the final of the men's Water Polo.
In the men's Marathon, Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to win the race around the streets of London.
Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite claimed the final gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games with victory in the women's Modern Pentathlon competition, before athletes and spectators flooded to the Olympic Stadium to see the Games brought to a close in spectacular fashion.
The London 2012 Olympic Games comes to an end with a star-studded Closing Ceremony, called 'the Symphony of British Music, involving 3,500 performers.
As London bids a spectacular farewell to the 2012 Olympics, the Olympic flame will be extinguished and the figurative baton passed to the organizers of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian capital.
Jamaican Usain Bolt undoubtedly emerged the Superstar of the London Olympics, asserting once again that he remains the fastest man on earth, winning both the sprints, and anchoring Jamaica to sprint relay gold.
In all, 44 world records and 117 Olympic records were broken during the London 2012 Olympics.
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