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London Olympics | Day 16

Fireworks shower the sky above Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
The Who
Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during the closing ceremony. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)
Glowing performers
Performers wearing electronic headgear appear during a Brazilian themed segment near the end of the closing ceremony to help segue into the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Diego Azubel / EPA)
Flying saxophonist
Lee Thompson, saxophonist for Madness, rises to the occasion.  (Nic Bothma / EPA)
Odd bicyclists
Strange-looking bicyclists ride in front of the Pet Shop Boys as they perform during the closing ceremonies. (Carl Court / AFP / Getty Images)
George Michael
Singer George Michael performs during the closing ceremony. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)
U.S. basketball
Team USA watches the American flag as it is raised during the medal ceremony for men’s basketball. The American team won the gold medal by defeating Spain, 107-100. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Make it a double
LeBron James douses men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kevin Love after the United States beat Spain to win the gold medal. Krzysewski said this was his last Olympics. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol of Spain stretches to block Kobe Bryant’s shot during the first half of the Americans’ gold medal victory. Bryant and Gasol are teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
LeBron James
United States forward LeBron James eyes a rebound during the men’s gold medal basketball game against Spain. (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)
Jake Varner
Jake Varner of the United States lifts George Gogshelidze of Georgia during their 96-kg freestyle wrestling match. Varner went on to win a gold medal. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
Jake Varner
Jake Varner of the United States, left, celebrates after defeating Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine in the 96-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
Russia wins volleyball gold
The Russian men’s volleyball team goes crazy after defeating Brazil in five sets to win gold. (Geoff Caddick / EPA)
Rhythmic gymnastics
Bulgaria performs during the group all-around rhythmic gymnastics final rotation. Russia won the gold. (Quinn Rooney / Getty Images)
Handball battle
Swedish players are all over France’s centerback Nikola Karabatic during the men’s gold medal handball match, which was won by France, 22-21. (Javier Soriano / AFP / Getty Images)
France wins handball gold
French athletes, from left, William Accambray, Nikola Karabatic, Xavier Barachet and Didier Dinart celebrate after winning the men’s gold medal handball match against Sweden, 22-21. (Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images)
Cycling gold
Photographers flock to the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy who collapsed on the ground after winning the men’s cycling cross-country mountain bike race at Hadleigh Farm in Benfleet. (Carl de Souza / AFP / Getty Images)
Cuban gold
Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana of Cuba stretches on the canvas after his gold medal victory over Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in the flyweight men’s boxing finals. (Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images)
Face to face
Anthony Joshua of Great Britain, left, battles Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the men’s super heavyweight boxing final. Joshua won the gold medal. (Andrew Gombert / EPA)
Men’s marathon
Wilson Kapsang Kiprotich of Kenya runs through the streets of London on his way to a bronze medal in the men’s marathon.  (Ian Langsdon / EPA)
Men’s marathon
Olympic marathoners race down the Mall in London. (Olivier Morin / AFP / Getty Images)
Just missed bronze
Bronze medalist Yane Marques of Brazil collapses after the finish line in the women’s modern pentathlon as American Margaux Isaksen just missed a medal. (Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images)
Tamara Vega
Tamara Vega of Mexico is thrown by her horse Douce de Roulad. (Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images)
Croatia wins gold
Members of Croatia’s team and coaching staff jump in the pool to celebrate their victory over Italy in the men’s water polo gold medal final. (Jonathan Brady / EPA)