Alex Chick

Olympics review – Day 16

Anthony JoshuaDAY 16 IN A NUTSHELL

Big man steps up: Anthony Joshua faced the scrap of his life as he stepped into the ring for the third round of his super-heavyweight final against Roberto Cammarelle, knowing he needed to make up a three-point deficit. But he was equal to it: time and again he found a way through his opponent's guard to punch the Italian in the face, and Britain was left celebrating its 29th and final gold medal.

BRITS IN ACTION

Anthony Joshua beat Italy's Roberto Cammarelle in the super-heavyweight boxing final

Freddie Evans met more than his match as he lost to Serik Sapiyev in the welterweight gold medal match to end up with silver

Samantha Murray won the silver medal in the women's modern pentathlon

Mhairi Spence was also in action in the modern pentathlon, but finished 21st

Lee Merrien finished 30th in the marathon

Liam Killeen crashed out of the men's cross country mountain bike race on the second lap

WASTED PARTY INVITATION

Great Britain's Liam Killeen had high hopes of clinching a medal on the final day in the mountain bike cross-country, but it wasn't just his dreams that ended up getting broken: he crashed on the second lap of the race and ended up fracturing his ankle. Instead of spending the evening larging it at the closing ceremony after-parties with a medal round his neck, he will be will be laid up in a hospital bed.

LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

Poor old Lee Merrien: the British marathon entrant finished the race in a time (2:17) that would have made Paula Radcliffe blush, coming 30th in the process. But in the true British spirit he kept his stiff upper lip, and politely said thanks for having me: "I knew it was going to be good, but it was better than anticipated. My ears were ringing. No British athlete will experience anything like this again."

DREAM TEAM ENDS HOPES OF EQUIPO DE SUEÑOS

If anyone could upset the USA in the basketball final it would have been the talented giants lining up for Spain, but after a nailbiting opening the hot favourites did just enough to stay clear and win 107-100 to collect their 46th and final gold of the Games.

NO NEED TO HEAD TO THE DOLE OFFICE YET

Games chief Seb Coe might not be everyone's cup of tea, but you'd have thought he'd have earned a long and comfy retirement after running a fabulous London 2012. No such luck: David Cameron has shunted him into a new job as 'legacy ambassador', which sounds to me like some sort of thankless exercise in trying to cut through masses of red tape while trying to prevent the amazing Olympic Park becoming a white elephant. Still, at least he won't have to worry about what to do now the Games are over.

HE'S GOT A POINT THERE

Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says it all about cheats who think they'll get away with it at the most heavily-tested sporting event in the world: "If you get caught doping at the Olympics you haven't just failed a drugs test, you've failed an IQ test."

IMAGE OF THE DAY

Croatia's water polo coach Ratko Rudic adjusts his glasses after his players thanked him for leading them to gold by chucking him in the pool.

GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY

Athletics - Men's Marathon - Stephen Kiprotich (UGA)

Volleyball - Men - Russia

Boxing - Men's Flyweight - Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana (CUB)

Cycling - Men's Cross-Country - Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE)

Rhythmic Gymnastics - Group All-Around - Russia

Boxing - Men's Lightweight - Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR)

Wrestling - Men's 66kg Freestyle - Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JPN)

Wrestling - Men's 96kg Freestyle - Jacob Stephen Varner (USA)

Boxing - Men's Welterweight - Serik Sapiyev (KAZ)

Boxing - Men's Light Heavyweight - Egor Mekhontcev (RUS)

Handball - Men - France

Basketball - Men - USA

Boxing - Men's Super Heavyweight - Anthony Joshua (GBR)

Water Polo - Men - Croatia

Modern Pentathlon - Women - Laura Asadauskaite  (LTU)