Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm of France

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Synchronized swimming

Sara Labrousse and Chloe Willhelm of France compete as a duet in women's synchronised swimming on Aug. 5 inside the Aquatics Center.


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Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan (R) in action with Mark Barriga of Philippines

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Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan is punched in the face by Mark Barriga of the Philippines during the men's light fly boxing event on Aug. 4 inside the ExCeL venue in London.


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Shanshan Huang of China

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Shanshan Huang of China spots her landing while competing in the trampoline event on Aug. 4 in London's North Greenwich Arena. Huang's performance earned her a silver medal in the event, just a half point behind gold medalist Rosie MacLennan of Canada.


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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica

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100-meter dash

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica competes and wins gold in the women's 100-meter dash on Aug. 4 inside London's Olympic stadium.


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Illya Zakharov of Russia

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Springboard diving

Illya Zakharov of Russia performs a dive during the semifinals for the men's 3-meter springboard diving event on Aug. 7 inside the Aquatics Center in London. For his efforts, Zakharov nabbed the gold medal, crushing China's hopes of a clean sweep of all eight diving gold medals.


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Hassine Ayari of Tunisia is thrown by Choukri Atafi of Morocco

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Hassine Ayari of Tunisia gives a wary glance at the floor as he is is thrown by Choukri Atafi of Morocco during their match in men's Greco-Roman wrestling on Aug. 7 inside the ExCeL venue.


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Andrew Willis of Great Britain

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Andrew Willis of Great Britain comes up for air during the final for the men's 200-meter breaststroke on Aug. 1 inside the Aquatics Center. Although Willis performed swimmingly in his heats and ranked second in the semifinals, he ultimately placed eighth in a hugely competitive final.


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Matiss Burgis of Latvia

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Table tennis

Matiss Burgis of Latvia plays a forehand in a singles table tennis match against Alexey Smirnov of Russia on July 29 at the ExCeL venue.


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Matteo Angioletti of Italy

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Artistic gymnastics

Matteo Angioletti of Italy executes a vault combination during the team qualification for men's artistic gymnastics on July 28 inside the North Greenwich Arena.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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