LONDON (AP) - With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun.
► Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda rounded a corner with three miles left and simply took off, turning the last mile into a victory lap as he easily captured the marathon, along with the first medal for Uganda at the London Games. He won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second as he pulled away from the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang. Kirui ended up with the silver while Kipsang held on for bronze just ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.
LONDON (AP) - The modern pentathlon kicks off this final Olympic weekend with fencing, swimming, horseback riding and, for the first time, a combined biathlon-style running and shooting event aimed at making the competition shorter and more dynamic.
LONDON (AP) - With a surge of medals in track and field, the United States has sprinted ahead of China and is poised to finish atop the medals table at the London Olympics - maybe with the most golds ever collected by the Americans on foreign soil.
- With Justin Gatlin running the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, the U.S. broke a 20-year-old national record in its preliminary round, finishing in 37.38 seconds - a hundredth of a second faster than Jamaica competing without Usain Bolt. The record, set in 1992 with Carl Lewis running the anchor leg, was 37.40. In Saturday's final, Bolt will run the anchor leg, while Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and 100 and 200 runner-up Yohan Blake will run in the first three spots, as they did in the preliminaries.
LONDON (AP) - The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - The game was nearly as grand as the stage, in doubt until the last seconds and so important that the winning country's commander in chief was following it back home. Across town, Usain Bolt was doing in London what he did in Beijing, but for 80,203 people at Wembley Stadium and the two best women's soccer teams in the world, this was their Olympic moment.
- Christian Taylor won the triple jump gold medal, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.