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US fans celebrate Olympic basketball victory

posted 12 Aug 2012, 11:28 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 11:29 ]

U.S. basketball fans celebrate winning gold at the Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 12, 2012) (REUTERS) - 
Basketball fans lucky enough to have tickets to the Olympic final enjoyed a treat on Sunday (August 12), as they watched the US beat an inspired Spain 107-100 in a fast-paced match to win the Olympic gold.
With Kevin Durant leading the way with 30 points, the U.S. retained their Olympic title in a rematch of their closely-fought 2008 final in Beijing.


US fans leaving the North Greenwich arena in London said Spain put up a good fight, but just couldn't beat their team.


"Oh it was close," said Kebba Robinson from Washington DC.

"Yeah really close," agreed his mother Darlene.


"But the guys hung in and they did what they were supposed to - bring home the gold," she said.

Brit Daniel Mackay, who was supporting Team USA, said it was great to see the Spanish team pack a punch in the final.


"Considering how much the States have been blowing out people, it was good for Spain to actually come out and make them work for it, and it was a close game," he said.


His American friend Andy Harper was elated.

"It was a great game, God bless the USA though. Come on, USA, USA. How good was that, how good was that?" he said.


Spanish fans said they were happy to see their team fight for a strong silver medal.

"Very good, very good, after what we did during the championship I wasn't expecting such a tight final. Spain played very well, the Americans are very good so we have to congratulate them and we are also happy for Spain," said fan Gustavo.


Sergio, another Spanish fan, said despite two consecutive Olympic final losses to the Americans, it will be third time lucky for the Spaniards in Rio.


"Yes very much, but the important thing is winning and we are sorry for not being able to win the fourth period, we had some chances but well, next time I'm sure we will beat them."


The U.S. topped the medal table at London 2012 with 46 golds from 104 medals in total, while Spain finished 21st with three golds out of a total of 17 medals.

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