Day 16: Sun 12th August


Day 16: Sun 12th August


The 30th Olympic Games come to an end with a flurry of events including the men's basketball final for which the Americans will be the overwhelming favourites.

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Day 16 Sporting Events

Sunday 12th August


The final day of Olympic action is a real mix of medal events starting and ending with the women's modern pentathlon where British trio Heather Fell, Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray are all in with a chance. Wembley Arena hosts the team rhythmic gymnastics, the Water Polo Arena hosts the men's water polo final and the men's volleyball final takes place at Earls Court in a busy afternoon around London. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang will be the favourite for the men's marathon, which finishes on The Mall, while Frenchman Julien Absalon is the name to watch in the mountain bike final at Hadleigh Farm as he bids to secure his third consecutive Olympic title. A crowded boxing schedule features five medal bouts in which Britain's 6ft 8in Anthony Joshua could star in the super-heavyweight category. Finally, there's the small matter of the men's basketball final at the North Greenwich Arena – a competition synonymous with the 'Dream Team' of the 1992 Olympics. With Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in the USA team, it's hard to look beyond the Americans for this gold medal.

Gold medals up for grabs: 15
Today's medal sports: modern pentathlon, athletics, boxing, volleyball, wrestling, mountain bike cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, basketball, handball, water polo


Non sporting events on Day 16 around London

Sunday 12th August


On the opening night of the London Olympics, the Proms heralded the event with Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony (Prom 18). Now, for the closing night, we get another choral blockbuster, Prom 41: Schoenberg’s medieval love-tragedy – Gurrelider. performed by two guest choirs and an impressive international solo line-up including New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill as Waldemar, the cursed king. German soprano Angela Denoke makes her Proms debut as Tove and Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus returns as the voice of the Wood-Dove. Jeremy Deller's Sacrilege arrives as WaterWorks Nature Reserve and Paper Cinema: The Odyssey, a silent film performed using only hand-drawn paper puppets, plays at the Criterion Theatre. Thee major art exhibitions are ending: Bauhaus' Art as Life at the Barbican Art Gallery, The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition and the popular British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A. Meanwhile, at Hyde Park, Brit rock legends Blur bring the curtain down on BT London Live with a little help from New Order and The Specials.







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