Olympics 2012: day 16 as it unfolded
Highlights: GB's Samantha Murray wins silver in modern pentathlon to bring curtain down on sporting action at London 2012; Anthony Joshua wins gold in super-heavyweight final; welterweight Fred Evans wins boxing silver for GB; Uganda's Kiprotich wins the men's marathon.
1900: It's over. The final British tally of 29 golds and 65 medals in total tells only a small part of the sensational success story of London 2012. We're a cynical old bunch really, us Brits. Self-deprecating, modest, a bit curmudgeonly and a little bashful about things like patriotism and emotion. But the memories these Games have given us should fill all our chests with pride. This has been a fortnight of shared experience, togetherness, positivity, admiration, honest endeavour, hard-won success and tears of joy and pain. So many magic moments, both big and small. Isn't sport absolutely bloody marvellous? Enjoy the closing ceremony. Over and out.
1829: Sam Murray gives us some aptly inspirational words to finish two weeks of spell-binding sport. Interviewed on the BBC before her medal ceremony, she says: "Honestly, if you have a goal - if there's anything you want to achieve in life - don't let anybody get in your way. You can do it. If I can do it, and I'm a normal girl, anyone can."
1813: IT''S SILVER FOR SAMANTHA MURRAY! What a way to finish these Olympic Games! The crowd at Greenwich Park go wild for GB's last medal of London 2012. Lithuania's Lara Asadauskaite streaks to gold but the biggest roar is for Murray, the 22-year-old from Clitheroe in Lancashire, who collapses to the floor in delight. Marques of Brazil is third. It's our 65th medal of the Games and that, I'm afraid, is that. What on earth we will all do with ourselves now doesn't even bear thinking about.
1809: C'mon Sam! After the final shoot, Sam Murray overtakes Marques of Brazil to take second place. It's a 1km sprint for the line!
1807: Lithuania's Asadauskaite has opened up a big lead over Marques of Brazil, but GB's Sam Murray is in third, with a gap of about six seconds between her and fourth! They have one shoot left to go. We could be on for one last medal here...
1759: The last leg of the women's modern pentathlon - the last sporting action of London 2012 - is GO! It's the run-shoot, a 3km run with regular stops to shoot at targets. Samantha Murray is in fourth and starts six seconds behind joint leaders from Lithuania and Brazil. C'mon Sam!
1725: Croatia beat Italy 8-6 in the men's water polo final to claim the penultimate gold medals on offer in these Games. They only remaining live Olympic sport anywhere across the capital is the women's modern pentathlon. The final run-shoot leg (explained - badly - below) begins at 1800.
1713: OK, I've worked out what's going on at the modern pentathlon. GB's Sam Murray is in fourth position going into the final discipline - the run-shoot. The women run 3km and stop at intervals to shoot at a target. They set off at timed intervals that are dependent on their position in the standings. Leader Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania and Yane Marques go off together first, then Amelie Caze of France, and GB's Samantha Murray four seconds after that. She's in with a real chance. Melanie Spence is in 14th, and must wait 38 seconds before setting off. Going to be tough for her.
1701: USA win basketball gold again! Having waltzed their way into the final, the modern version of the 'Dream Team' found the going a lot tougher against Spain in the final. The final margin of 107-100 is a tribute to the Spaniards. They look shattered, but are getting plenty of applause. USA celebrate in that typically modest, under-stated way of theirs.
1645: I can't put it off any longer. It's time to try and make sense of the modern pentathlon. Whoever thought of combining fencing, swimming and showjumping certainly had eclectic tastes. It's the horsey bit at Greenwich Park and the competitors are allocated a horse pretty much at random. It seems a bit of a lottery as to how your nag behaves. GB's Melanie Spence is in ninth after her ride, with Samantha Murray yet to trot.
1635: Sensational scenes at the handball. France cling on to beat Sweden 22-21 in a cracking final. Handball has been one of the big hits of these Games and, with growing participation in Britain's schools, one feels its reputation as an obscure, largely ignored sport in this country might not last much longer.
1629: There are two pulsating finals going on at the moment. Spain simply won't give up - they trail just 83-82 at the end of the third quarter in the men's basketball final. David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Boris Johnson are all in attendance. In the handball, France call a time-out with just 18 seconds of the game left. They lead Sweden 22-21...
1609: USA lead Spain by a surprisingly narrow 59-58 at half time in the basketball final. Having stormed their way to this final without breaking sweat, is there a chance of a whopping great upset here?
1608: After studying the contest again, the judges have confirmed that Anthony Joshua's victory does stand. Seconds after the announcement is made at the ExCel, the man himself appears for the medal ceremony. What a moment for the lad from Finchley who only stepped into the ring for the first time four years ago.
1555: Hold your horses! We have some breaking news. The Italians are appealing the result of Anthony Joshua's win in the super-heavyweight final. Roberto Cammarelle's corner was incensed at the verdict and obviously feel it's worth a quick gander at the scorecards. News of that when we get it...
1547: It's almost over, folks. The USA are 55-49 up on Spain near the end of the second quarter, and it's 10-8 to France against Sweden at half time in the handball final. Lob in the last rites in the modern pentathlon and that's all the sport there is left of London 2012.
1533: ANTHONY JOSHUA WINS GOLD!! Staggering finish to the boxing at the ExCel. The judges call the fight level at 18-18 and our boy Joshua wins it on countback! Trailing by three points going into the final round, Joshua lifts his game, landing a couple of clean right-handers. As the final bell goes, Joshua raises his arms, but it seems more in hope than expectation. Cammarelle's corner is celebrating too. They think their boy's got it, but the judges do not concur. The Italians are livid with the decision, but the crowd go ballistic! It's gold number 29 for GB and our best Olympic boxing medal haul for 40 years. Read more.
1529: At the end of round two, Cammarelle leads 13-10. Not so many clean hits from either fella there. Joshua needs to pull something out of ther bag here to nab the gold...
1525: Ding ding! Anthony Joshua's gold medal bout with Roberto Cammarelle is under way. Joshua scores a couple of clean right hands to the Italian's chin, but soon afterwards our boy is on the end of a very decent flurry of punches as he's pinned in the corner. The judges have that opening round 6-5 to Cammarelle.
1445: Half an hour until the finale of the boxing programme at London 2012 in the ExCel, which I heard referred to on 5live this week as "the only Olympic venue which smells of beer" - but what a wonderful, intimidating, partisan venue it has been. GB's Anthony Joshua faces Italy's Roberto Cammarelle, 10 years older than him at 32. Can he go one better that Fred's silver?
1434: IT'S SILVER FOR EVANS He's outpointed 17-9, but becomes the most successful Welsh Olympic boxer of all time. That's no disgrace - two-time world champ Sapiyev has looked mustard from the start of the tournament. Read more.
1432: Sapiyev operates out of the centre of the ring, dictating the final round. He showboats at one point and draws a response from Evans but looks calm as you like. Sapiyev roars with joy at the final bell - the gold never looked in doubt for the impressive Kazakhstan fighter. Now for the formality of the scores.
1429: Sapiyev dictates the pace of the round once again. There's not much getting through to the Brit, but the Kazakhstan fighter stretches his lead to 10-5 going into the third and final round. Evans will have to pull something special out of the bag to win a 29th gold for GB...
1425: 'Freddy, Freddy' chant the crowd at the ExCel as the men's welterweight final begins. Fred Evans is outworked in the 1st round by 2nd seed Sapiyev, who takes it 4-2 on the scorecards.
1401: The first boxing gold on this final day has been dished out, Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana seeing off Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar 17-14 in the flyweight final. GB's gold hopes fight their finals in the next hour-and-a-half - Fred Evans at 1415 (welterweight) and Anthony Joshua at 1515 (super heavyweight).
1336: News from the modern pentathlon - GB medal hope Mhairi Spence's time of 2:16.51 in the 200m freestyle is a shade faster than she recorded on her way to winning the world title. Compatriot Sam Murray clocks 2:08.20 to go third overall, while Spence is pushed down to 9th. Still in with a shout though.
1325: GB's Scott Overall completes the marathon in 2:22.37, in 61st spot.
1310: Through the last corner and Kiprotich enters The Mall, he grabs a Ugandan flag and drapes it across his shoulders as he heads for the line, breaking the tape with a huge smile in 2:08:01, Kirui taking silver 26 seconds later, Kipsang bronze. London 2012's athletics programme is at an end, and what a fantastic way to go out.
1306: Another glance behing from Kiprotich and he can see two tiny Kenyans bobbing up and down in the distance. It has been 40 years since Uganda's last gold medal - which came in the 400m - and he's bossed the Kenyans in the closing stages of this stupendous marathon, being roared home by an appreciative crowd as he passes Buckingham Palace.
1258: Blimey - there doesn't seem to be much wrong with Kiprotich's leg after all! He sensationally hits the burners with 4k left, leaving Kirui and Kipsang in his wake! He builds a 30m lead in minutes - this could be Uganda's first-ever distance medal!
1245: It looks like a straight fight between three men for marathon gold - Abel Kirui, Wilson Kipsang and Stephen Kiprotich, though Uganda's Kiprotich does seem to be having a shade of trouble with one leg, occasionally clutching the top of his thigh.
1233: Kipsang is being reeled in now by world champ Abel Kirui and Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, while Abshero's still in touch. GB's Overall has made up eight places but is still over a minute behind in 27th.
1206: Kipsang is keeping up a steady lick, reaching the halfway mark in the marathon in 1hr 3mins, with Ethiopia's Getu Feleke and Ayele Abshero just 15 seconds behind him. GB's Scott Overall is over a minute adrift in 35th, with fellow Brit Lee Merrien another 40 seconds back.
1148: 45 minutes into the men's marathon and London marathon winner Wilson Kipsang signals his intentions as he hits the front soon after 10km. Fellow Kenyan Abel Kirui is in a chasing pack about 50m back. The crowds are something else - even greater than line the streets for the London Marathon each year.
1115: Fencing - the first event of the modern pentathlon - is done and dusted and GB medal hope Mhairi Spence lies in 11th place, with compatriot Samantha Murray 16th. Latvia's Elena Rublevska leads on 1000 points, with Hungary's Adrienn Toth 2nd and Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite 3rd. Next round is the swimming, beginning at 1235.
1103: We're under way on The Mall on a four-lap circuit - one tiddler, then three of eight miles each - in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans.
1100: As London 2012 kicks into the final bend, it's time for the men's marathon. There's two Brits running - Lee Merrien and Scott Overall. Medal hopes? Doubtful, it's more likely to be a scrap between the African runners. That won't affect GB's standing in the overall table though - we're guaranteed third place thanks to defeats for two Russian boxers this morning.
0700: Morning all - welcome to Orange's live commentary on the final day of action at London 2012, and what Seb Coe has described as a "big party" of a closing ceremony. Today there are GB gold hopes in the boxing with Anthony Joshua and Fred Evans, plus world champ Mhairi Spence and co in the modern pentathlon, while there are finals in the men's marathon, basketball, mountain biking, men's volleyball, water polo and more. Then, a bunch of fireworks and The Who - hurrah! Our final live commentary of the Games will get under way in earnest at 1100 with the start of the men's marathon.