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US end their Dream Games with another gold
Steve Larkin
13:43 AEST Mon Aug 13 2012

The United States' Dream Team basketballers put an inevitable exclamation mark on America's dominance on the London Olympics on the final day of the Games.

The Dream Team captured the 46th gold medal of the Games for the US, but were given a fright by tenacious Spain before London closed the Olympics in stunning style.

The US ended the Games atop the medal table with their 46 gold complemented by 29 silver and 29 bronze medals.

China were second with 38 golds, 27 silver and 22 bronze with host nation Great Britain next best after capturing 29 golds, 17 silver and 19 bronze - their best haul since 1908.

The Brits rejoiced at the Olympic Stadium during a spectacular closing ceremony which befitted a sterling Games.

The Americans prevailed 107-100 with their NBA stars shining in a frenetic finale.

LeBron James produced some clutch fourth quarter plays, finished with 19 points.

"This is one of the best teams, if not the best team, ever assembled," James said.

Kevin Durant, who shot a game-high 30 points, said the Dream Team were motivated by the achievements of their fellow Americans.

"I have been able to go watch US athletes in different sports win gold medals here, and it's very inspiring," Durant said.

The US ended the Games atop the medal table with their 46 gold complemented by 29 silver and 29 bronze medals.

China were second with 38 golds, 27 silver and 22 bronze with host nation Great Britain next best after capturing 29 golds, 17 silver and 19 bronze - their best haul since 1908.

The Brits rejoiced at the Olympic Stadium during a spectacular closing ceremony which befitted a sterling Games.

Other features of the last day of competition included France becoming the first country to successfully defend an Olympic men's handball title, defeating Sweden 22-21 in the final.

Croatia won its first Olympic gold in men's water polo, sinking Italy 8-6, while Russia won gold for the first time since 1980 in the men's volleyball in a five-set triumph against Brazil.

Meanwhile, the anti-doping efforts to keep the London Games clean were hailed a success by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.

Only one athlete tested positive for a banned substance on the day of competing at the Olympics.

Seven more were caught in doping controls conducted since the official Games testing period began July 16.

"I think that is a sign that the system works," Rogge said on Sunday.

Rogge also attempted to smooth things over with Jamaican megastar Usain Bolt.

Earlier in the week, Rogge said Bolt needed to prove his greatness over more than two Olympics before achieving his self-proclaimed status of "living legend."

Rogge relented slightly on Sunday, coming up with a different wording for the six-time gold medallist.

"I mean this is purely a semantic issue," Rogge said.

"Let me finalise this issue as follows: to say that Usain Bolt is an active performance legend, he is an icon, he is the best sprinter of all time."

Bolt won the 100 and 200 meters in London, becoming the first athlete to sweep both events at consecutive Olympics, and also anchored the Jamaican team to a world record win in the 4x100m relay on Saturday night.

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