2012 Summer Olympics Recap: Day 16 — US Captures Most Overall Medals As London Games End
The 2012 Summer Olympics came to a close in London on Sunday with the United States adding two more gold medals to bring its Olympic-high total to 46. Here’s a recap of the day’s highlights:
LeBron James scored 19 points, including a late three-pointer to seal the win, as the United States defeated Spain, 107-100, to win gold in men’s basketball. The Russian men beat Argentina, 81-77, to capture the bronze medal.
In other events, American wrestler Jake Varner beat Valerie Andriitsev of the Ukraine to win gold in the 96-kilogram class of freestyle wrestling. Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania won gold in the women’s modern pentathlon, the London Games’ last medal awarded.
The US finished the London Games with 104 medals, including 46 golds. Both totals led all countries. The 104 medals were America’s highest total at an Olympics outside the US. China finished second with 87 medals, including 38 golds. Britain won 29 golds and 65 medals to finish fourth among the competing nations. The totals were the best for the host country in 104 years.
The next Summer Olympics are scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016; the next Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Final Overall Medal Leader Board
United States — 104 medals
46 Gold, 29 Silver, 29 Bronze
China — 87 medals
38 Gold, 27 Silver, 22 Bronze
Russia — 82 medals
24 Gold, 25 Silver, 33 Bronze
Great Britain — 65 medals
29 Gold, 17 Silver, 19 Bronze
Germany — 44 medals
11 Gold, 19 Silver, 14 Bronze