Olympics 2012: Notable Medal Results from Final Day of London Games

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 12, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States celebrates with his gold medal during the medal ceremony following the Men's Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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With the end of the closing ceremony, the 2012 London Games have come to a seemingly abrupt end after a fortnight of thrilling action.

You may have missed it, but before the extravagant closing show that the city put on, there was a day full of action.

There were 20 medals awarded in total on the final day of the London Games, and chances are, you missed some of the events.

Here we will highlight notable medal results from Sunday's competitions.


Team USA Basketball Wins Gold Over Spain

The United States men's basketball team did exactly what it was expected to do in London, by beating Spain 107-100 in the gold-medal match at North Greenwich Arena.

Kevin Durant led the way for Team USA with 30 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He also hit 9-of-10 free throws, which proved to be the deciding factor in a matchup that most people didn't think would be as close as it proved to be.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star averaged 19.8 points through the eight games played in London. His 156 total points were the most in Olympic history.

It's no surprise that Team USA won the gold medal, but the way in which it tore through the majority of the competition left many awestruck. We may never again see such a combination of high-flying, sharpshooter players that we had the privilege of enjoying these last two weeks.


Russia Beats Brazil to Win Men's Volleyball Gold Medal

If you bet on Russia to win the gold medal over Brazil, you weren't too happy after the first two-plus sets.

The Russians lost the first two sets by a combined 50-39 margin, and allowed Brazil to reach match point in the third. Dmitriy Muserskiy, a Russian 7'2" middle blocker, led the charge in the third set and helped Russia roar back to win the set 29-27.

After that marathon 34-minute set, Russia had all the momentum. A 25-22 win in the fourth set pushed the match to the deciding fifth.

The Brazilians collapsed when it mattered most, losing 15-9 in just 17 minutes in the final set of the day to give Russia the gold medal that it fought so hard for.


American Jacob Varner Wins Gold in 96-Kilogram Freestyle Wrestling

American wrestler Jacob Varner beat out Ukranian wrestler Valerii Andriitsev by winning the first two periods, 1-0.

After winning a bronze medal in the 2012 World Championships, many thought that Varner would give the best in the world a run for their money, but less expected him to take home the gold.

His lone point in the first period came when he used a nifty ankle pick to take Andriitsev to the ground and wound up on top of him. Varner's second-period and match-winning tally came when he narrowly avoided stepping out of bounds and pushed his opponent out instead.

His coach and mentor, Cael Sanderson, lifted Varner over his back following his gold-medal victory.