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London Olympics 2012

A marauding Sushil flips Kazakhstan’s A. Tanatarov in the semis. A food poisoning scare limited him in the final. “I wanted the national anthem to be heard on the Olympic stage again. I’m sorry I fell short.” Sushil Kumar, London Olympics 66kg Freestyle silver medallist

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Phelps in 200m individual medley heats at the London Olympics. After a slow start, he finished with four golds, two silvers. “I was able to really put the final cherry on top tonight...I was able to top off the sundae.” Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming legend, 18 golds over three Games

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A swimmer warms up in the Aquatic Center during a swimming training session ahead of the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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The petals of the Olympic Cauldron are lowered during the Closing Ceremony, in London.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

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United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Over the course of this year's Olympics, Phelps won 4 gold and 2 silver medals, and became the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a career total of 22 medals.

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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

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Olympic medal winners Gagan Narang (L) and Mary Kom during the 2nd 'Gun for Glory' Shooting Championship, 2012 in Pune.

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London Olympics medal winners Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt during a felicitation function at a School in Chennai.

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London Olympics bronze medal winner for boxing, Mary Kom, center, gestures, as shooting silver medalist Vijay Kumar, right, and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, left, look on, during a presentation in Mumbai.

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London Olympic bronze medal winner in badminton Saina Nehwal gestures at an event celebrating their victory, in Bangalore.

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London Olympic bronze medal winners badminton player Saina Nehwal, left, and boxer MC Mary Kom pose with their medals at an event celebrating their victory, in Bangalore. India won six medals - four bronze and two sliver, in the London Summer Olympics.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Shooter Gagan Narang showing his Olympics bronze medal to President Pranab Mukherjee during a felicitation function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Olympics medal winners Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom share a laugh during a felicitation function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics silver medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Olympics medal winners from right, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar and Sushil Kumar during a felicitation function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Defence Minister A. K. Antony after felicitating London Olympics Silver Medallist Sub. Major Vijay Kumar, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Sports Minister Ajay Maken at a photo session with medal winners of London Olympics at PM House in New Delhi.

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London Olympic medal winners, Gagan Narang takes a picture of MC Mary Kom as shooter Vijay Kumar and Saina Nehwal smile after a ceremony by Sports authority of India at the India Gate in New Delhi.

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London Olympic medal winners, from left, bronze medal in shooting Gagan Narang, bronze medal in boxing MC Mary Kom, silver medalist in wrestling Sushil Kumar, silver medal in shooting Vijay Kumar, bronze medal in badminton Saina Nehwal and bronze medal in wrestling Yogeshwar Dutt pose for the media at a ceremony by Sports authority of India in New Delhi.

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Olympics Bronze medalist in Badminton Saina Nehwal gives a victory sign to her fans as she is taken in a procession to India Gate after she was felicitated by the Sports authority of India in New Delhi.

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The Emcee Also Freestyles Ever unassuming, Mary Kom lets her actions speak for her. And they speak volumes. But a true champion knows when to pull her punches. Trading in her trunks for the phanek at a homecoming felicitation, the Olympian drew on the quiet grace of the jhum fieldhands. The delicate twists and twirls of this traditional dance manifested just as easily as those urgent hook-and-jab flurries.

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Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar showing his medal to Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh during a function for felicitation of army personnel who participated in London Games 2012, in Defence Ministry in New Delhi. The Army will provide all help to promote Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar as an officer in the force soon after he was promoted as a Subedar Major, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh said.

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Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar showing his medal during a function for felicitation of army personnel who participated in London Games 2012, in Defence Ministry in New Delhi. The Army will provide all help to promote Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar as an officer in the force soon after he was promoted as a Subedar Major, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh said.

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London Olympics bronze medalist woman boxer MC Mary Kom is surrounded with her fans and media persons on her arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi.

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Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won Silver medal at London Olympics, being garlanded by fans upon his arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Monday.

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Olympic bronze medallist shooter Gagan Narang shows his medal as he is welcomed by his fans on his arrival at Shamshabad Airport in Hyderabad.

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This image taken with a fisheye lens shows fireworks during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, French athletes watch pyrotechnics illuminating the sky above the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Men's marathon gold medalist Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, center, is flanked by silver medalist Abel Kirui, of Kenya, left, and bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, left, hands the Olympic flag to Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

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Athletes enter the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Eric Idle perform during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

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Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 at Olympic Stadium in London.

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Fireworks explode over the stadium during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, pyrotechnics illuminate the sky above the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Sushil Kumar with wife Savi poses with his Silver medal after winning Men's 66kg Freestyle Semifinal match at the Olympic Games in London.

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Sushil Kumar poses with his Silver medal and National flag after winning Men's 66kg Freestyle Semifinal match at the Olympic Games in London.

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Kamla Devi, center, the mother of wrestler Sushil Kumar celebrates after her son won the silver medal at the Olympic games in London, at the family home in New Delhi. Kumar won silver in the men's 66kg freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games in London.

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Yane Marques, of Brazil, pats her horse Over The Odds after completing the course in the equestrian show jumping stage of the women's modern pentathlon at the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Relatives of Sushil Kumar celebrate after he won the silver medal at the Olympic games in London, at the family home in New Delhi.

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Athletes run past Buckingham Palace during the men's marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Supporter of France cheer prior to the men's handball gold medal match between France and Sweden at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Silver-medalist Abel Kirui of Kenya celebrates after the men's marathon at the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan celebrates after defeating Sushil Kumar of India in the 66-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan celebrates after defeating Sushil Kumar of India, right, in the 66-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu celebrates after defeating India's Sushil Kumar in their Men's 66kg Freestyle gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Sushil Kumar after getting silver medal in Men's 66kg Freestyle Semifinal match at the Olympic Games in London.

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Sushil Kumar with Silver medal after Men's 66kg Freestyle Semifinal match at the Olympic Games in London on Sunday.

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Sushil Kumar reacts during the victory ceremony after winning the silver medal in 66-kg freestyle wrestling at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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From left, silver medalist Sushil Kumar, gold medalist Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan, bronze medalist Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan, and bronze medalist Livan Lopez Azcuy of Cuba, participate in the medals ceremony for men's 66-kg freestyle wrestling at the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Sushil Kumar competes with Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan (in blue) during their 66-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Sushil Kumar competes with Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan (in blue) during their 66-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Sushil Kumar reacts after his match against Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan in their 66-kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan, competes with Sushil Kumar (in blue) during their 66-kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Sushil Kumar (in red) and Ramazan Sahin of Turkey, (in blue) compete during their 66-kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt poses with his medal during the victory ceremony for the men's 60-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Yogeshwar Dutt of India reacts after beating Ri Jong Myong of North Korea for the bronze medal during the men's 60-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Russia's Daria Dmitrieva performs during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Erick Barrondo, of Guatemala, refreshes himself during the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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India's Yogeshwar Dutt (in blue) is declared winner against Bulgaria's Anatolie llarionovitch Guidea in the Men's 60kg Freestyle Qualification match at the Olympic Games in London.

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Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar being blessed by his grand mother Brahmi Devi on his arrival at his native village Harsaur in Hamirpur district.

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Ethiopia's Meseret Defar holds up a picture for a television cameraman after winning the women's 5000-meters final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London.

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India's Amit kumar fights against Bulgaria Radoslav Marinov Velikov during the Repechage round 2 of men's freestyle wrestling (55kg) event at Olympic Games in London.

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United States' Alex Morgan holds her gold medal during a women's soccer availability following the team's gold medal win at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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India's Amit Kumar fights against Bulgaria Radoslav Marinov Velikov during the Repechage round 2 of men's freestyle wrestling (55kg) event at Olympic Games in London.

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Canada's Matthew Judah Gentry, in red, and India's Narsingh Pancham Yadav, in blue, compete during a 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Chen Ruolin from China competes during the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Chen claimed her second gold medal in the title.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London.

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India's Mary Kom with bronze medal in boxing of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

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India's Mary Kom with bronze medal in boxing of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.

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From left, bronze medalist, India's Mery Kom Hmangte, bronze medalist Marlen Esparza of the United States, gold medalist Nicola Adams of Great Britain, and silver medalist Ren Cancan of China participate in the medals ceremony for women's final flyweight 51-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Katie Bell of the United States dives during the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Canada's Tonya Verbeek, right, goes head to head with India's Geeta during a 55-kg women's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Paola Espinosa Sanchez of Mexico dives during the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Geeta Phogat lost her first round bout against world number two Tonya Lynn Verbeeek of Canada in the women's freestyle 55kg category at ExCel Arena, London.

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Paddy Barnes of Ireland is declared winner against India's Devendro Singh after their quarterfinal match of Men's Light Fly (49kg) Boxing event at the Olympic Games in London.

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United States' Brittney Reese competes in the women's long jump final to win gold during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London.

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Boxing students and coach gather to watch the Olympic women boxing semifinal match between Mary Kom and British boxer Nicola Adams on television at the Sports Authority of India complex in Imphal.

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MC Mary Kom before semi-final of women's Flyweight boxing at Olympic Games in London.

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A disappointed MC Mary Kom after losing to Nicola Adams of Great Britain in the semi-final of women's Flyweight boxing at Olympic Games in London.

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India's Tintu Luka competes in Women's 800m Round 1 during the Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London.

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Britain's Nicola Adams, left, and India's Mery Kom fight during their women's flyweight 51-kg semifinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Indian Boxer Mary Kom lost to Great Britain's Nicola Adams in Olympics Semi-Finals, 6-11 and won a Bronze.

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Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar show his medal as he accorded grand welcome on his arrival from London at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

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South Korea's Kim Hyeon-woo stands on the victory stand after defeating Hungary's Tamas Lorincz in their gold medal match in the 66-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Saina Nehwal displays her bronze medal at a press conference in Hyderabad. Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to win any medal in the Olympics when she won the bronze in the women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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London: Belgium player Tom Boon scores a goal against India at Preliminaries Pool B match during the London 2012 Olympic Games

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India's Vikas Gowda competes in the men's discus Throw final during athletics competitions at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Olympic Stadium in London. He finally came up with a below-par performance to finish a disappointing eighth in the final round of the men's discus throw event with an effort of 64.79m

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Saina Nehwal poses with her bronze medal as she arrives in Hyderabad. Nehwal won the medal in the women’s singles (badminton) at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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India's Tushar Khandker, front, and Belgium's Xavier Reckinger vie for the ball during their preliminary round hockey match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Sardar Singh, right, shoots against Belgium during their preliminary round hockey match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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People extend their best wishes to athletes Mary Kom and Vikas Gowda for winning medals at London Olympic Games, in Moradabad.

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Boxer Vijender Singh reacts after losing his quarterfinal match against Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev at the Olympic Games in London.

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