Top Moments From the 2012 London Olympics

Take a look back at the most dramatic photos of the world's greatest athletes from when they competed in the 2012 London Games.

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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the uneven bars during the Artistic Gymnastics women's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final. For the first time since 1996 Team USA took home the gold. Douglas won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions.
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Ethiopia's Meseret Defar reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the 5000m final during the track and field events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the United States (red) and Matthew Judah Gentry of Canada (blue) compete in the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Morgan Uceny of the United States falls during the women's 1500m final of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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South Korea's Kim Bok-yung is stopped by Russia's Liudmila Bodnieva and Ekaterina Davydenko during their women's handball quarterfinal match.
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Jordan's Nadin Dawani is kicked in the face by Ukraine's Maryna Konieva during their match in women's plus 67kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Ethiopia's Meseret Defar holds up a picture to her face after she won gold in the women's 5000m final during the track and field events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Carmelita Jeter of the United States celebrates winning gold and breaking the world record in the women's 4 x 100m relay final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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United States' Alise Post crashes in a BMX cycling women's semifinal run during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Steven Lewis of Great Britain competes in the men's pole vault final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Kim Conley is stunned after seeing that she won the third and final spot on the Olympic team in the women's 5,000ms at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
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Delphine Ledoux of France competes in the Individual All-Around Gymnastics Rhythmic.
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Kami Craig of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in overtime against Australia during their women's semifinal water polo match.
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Diogo Silva of Brazil competes against Mohammad Bagheri Motamed of Iran during the Men's -68kg Taekwondo semifinal match.
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Britain's Francesca Jones performs during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around qualifications at at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London.
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Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine celebrates defeating Clemente Russo of Italy to win the men's heavy (91kg) boxing final bout on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Germany's Ariane Friedrich reacts after clearing the bar in a women's high jump qualification round during athletics in the Olympic Stadium.
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United States' Brigetta Barrett competes in a women's high jump qualification round during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium.
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United States' Trey Hardee reacts after competing in a 110-meter hurdles heat in the decathlon.
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Robert Harting of Germany rips off his shirt after winning gold in the Men's Discus Throw Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Audrey Labeau of France competes in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Ewa Monika Michalik of Poland, top, and Choe Un Gyong of North Korea face off during 63kg women's freestyle wrestling.
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Spain's Marc Gasol celebrates after scoring against France in a quarterfinal men's basketball game.
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Russia's Sergey Vodopiyanov, right, fights Brazil's Robenilson Vieira de Jesus, during their men's bantam 56kg boxing match.
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Competitors take aim in the combination running and shooting stage of the men's modern pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Dawn Harper celebrates winning silver with bronze medallist Kellie Wells following the women's 100m hurdles final.
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Michael Conlan of Ireland (L) celebrates his victory over Nordine Oubaali of France during the Men's Fly (52kg) Boxing.
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China's Liu Xiangrong takes a throw during a women's shot put qualification round during the athletics competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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U.S. boxer Marlen Esparza (L) became the first American woman to win an Olympic boxing match when she defeated Venezuela's Karlha Magliocco 24-16. This moved Esparza to the semifinals and secures Team USA it's first boxing medal.
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Britain's Yamile Aldama reacts during the women's triple jump final.
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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the men's 10,000m final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Ukraine's Valentyna Horpynych Zhudina reacts after competing in a women's 3,000-meter steeplechase during Day 7 of the London 2012 Games.
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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in a men's 400m heat during Day 7 of the London 2012 Games.
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Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly final. Phelps won gold, becoming the first male swimmer to win gold in two events at three consecutive Olympic games.
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Valentina Vezzali of Italy reacts to winning her round of 16 match against Ines Boubakri of Tunisa during women's fencing.
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Serena Williams yells after breaking the serve and defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Olympic All England Lawn Tennis Club.
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New Zealand's Sarah Cowley makes an attempt in the High Jump of the women's Heptathlon during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium.
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South Africa's Chad le Clos reacts as he wins gold in the men's 200m butterfly swimming final.
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Shin A-lam of South Korea cries after losing to Britta Heidemann of Germany in the Women's Epee Individual Fencing Semifinals on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Vittoria Panizzon of Italy stumbles on Borough Pennyz in the Individual Eventing Cross Country Equestrian on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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U.S. gymnast Kyla Ross, right, hugs teammate Alexandra Raisman during the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The U.S. team took home gold, the team's first since the Magnificent Seven's 1996 win.
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United States' Miranda Leek shoots during an elimination round of the individual archery competition. Leeks unfortunately lost to Italy's Pia Lionetti in individual archery.
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Saad Ahmed Mohamed of Egypt competes in the Men's 62kg Weightlifting on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Tarlan Karimov of Azerbaijan (in blue) competes against Musa Mogushkov of Russia during the men's -66kg judo competition.
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Kerri Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor celebrate a U.S. win at the women's beach volleyball preliminary match against Australia.
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America's Carli Lloyd celebrates with team-mates Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan after scoring their third goal during the Women's Football first round Group G match against Colombia Team USA won 3-0.
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The Netherlands Epke Zonderland performs on the horizontal bar during the Artistic Gymnastics men's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Monday, everyone gets a do-over as the final teams compete.
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Harinelina Rakotondramanana of Madagascar falls after failing to lift in the women's 48kg weightlifting at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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United States' women's 4 x 100m relay team members, from left, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix, celebrate their gold medal win at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The United States relay team set a new world record with a time of 40.82 seconds.
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Lashinda Demus hugs her sons Dontay, right, and Duaine after finishing first in the women's 400m hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
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Eric Shanteau kisses his wife Jeri Moss Shanteau after placing in second in the men's 100m breaststroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Shanteau would go on to make the Olympic team for a second time after battling testicular cancer.
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Trey Hardee reacts after clearing the bar while pole vaulting during the decathlon competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
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Karina Maruyama of Japan vies against Christie Rampone of the U.S. The U.S. women's soccer team scored its first victory against Japan in more than a year in one of a few Olympic tune-up matches ahead of the London games.
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Cameron Prosser, left, James Magnussen, middle, and Matthew Abood, right, of Australia compete in the Heats of the Men's 100 Metre Freestyle at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials. Magnussen would have a career meet and finishing in top times in the 50m freestyle.
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Gymnast Jonathan Horton competes in the parallel bars. The two-time Olympic medalist has recovered from foot surgery and will compete in London and has hopes for Rio in 2016.
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Stephany Lee reacts after defeating Ali Bernard in their 72kg freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic wrestling team trials in Iowa City. Lee celebrated making the U.S. Olympic team by wedding her longtime girlfriend Brigg McDonald just 48 hours after her victory.
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