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Robert Forstemann at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Robert Forstemann at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Germany's Vanessa Low competes in the Women's Long Jump F42/44 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Germany's Vanessa Low competes in the Women's Long Jump F42/44 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Germany's Laura Darimont runs in to make a throw in the Women's javelin F46 category event during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics

Germany's Laura Darimont runs in to make a throw in the Women's javelin F46 category event during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics

Philippine's Andy Avellana competes in the Men's High Jump F42 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Philippine's Andy Avellana competes in the Men's High Jump F42 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Noam Gershony keeps spare balls tucked in his spokes

Noam Gershony keeps spare balls tucked in his spokes

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the men's 200-meter T42 final

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the men's 200-meter T42 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Frenchman David Franek speeds down Paddock Hill

Frenchman David Franek speeds down Paddock Hill

David Anthony collects a pass to score during a paralympic match of wheelchair rugby

David Anthony collects a pass to score during a paralympic match of wheelchair rugby

Marco Cima of Italy beats Laurent Francois of France at the Paralympics in London

Marco Cima of Italy beats Laurent Francois of France at the Paralympics in London

Colombia's Daniel Diaz Torres shoots past Canada's David Eng at the Paralympics

Colombia's Daniel Diaz Torres shoots past Canada's David Eng at the Paralympics

Viktor Kemeny of Slovakia in the Men's SB7 100m breaststroke heats

Viktor Kemeny of Slovakia in the Men's SB7 100m breaststroke heats

Marcel Hug is in action during the second heat at the Paralympics

Marcel Hug is in action during the second heat at the Paralympics

Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto competes in the F42/44 long jump final at the Paralympics

Japan's Atsushi Yamamoto competes in the F42/44 long jump final at the Paralympics

The men's five-a-side football competition between Argentina and Iran

The men's five-a-side football competition between Argentina and Iran

Zeng Sini of China won gold in the women's individual pursuit at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Zeng Sini of China won gold in the women's individual pursuit at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Britain are facing the world champions from Lithuania in their goalball first match

Britain are facing the world champions from Lithuania in their goalball first match

Germany's Ariane Friedrich, after a successful attempt during the women's high jump qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Germany's Ariane Friedrich, after a successful attempt during the women's high jump qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Ashton Eaton of the United States readies for a shot put throw in the Men's Decathlon in the Olympic Stadium

Ashton Eaton of the United States readies for a shot put throw in the Men's Decathlon in the Olympic Stadium

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar, the first female track and field Olympian to represent Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar, the first female track and field Olympian to represent Saudi Arabia

Germany's Robert Harting celebrates after winning the men's discus throw final at the Olympic Stadium

Germany's Robert Harting celebrates after winning the men's discus throw final at the Olympic Stadium

China's Deng Linlin leaps during the women's gymnastics balance beam final

China's Deng Linlin leaps during the women's gymnastics balance beam final

Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer's camera after winning the men's 200m final at the Olympic Stadium

Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer's camera after winning the men's 200m final at the Olympic Stadium

Swimmers compete during the women's 10km marathon swimming at Hyde Park at London 2012

Swimmers compete during the women's 10km marathon swimming at Hyde Park at London 2012

Spain sail upwind in the Elliott 6m race

Spain sail upwind in the Elliott 6m race

Chrystallleni Trikomiti leaps for Cyprus during rhythmic gymnastics

Chrystallleni Trikomiti leaps for Cyprus during rhythmic gymnastics

Tom Daley completed a series of complex dives at the Aquatics Centre

Tom Daley completed a series of complex dives at the Aquatics Centre

Kurt Kuschela and Peter Kretschmer of Germany compete during the men's Canoe Double C2 1000m Sprint

Kurt Kuschela and Peter Kretschmer of Germany compete during the men's Canoe Double C2 1000m Sprint

Greg Rutherford of Great Britain competes in the men's long jump during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Greg Rutherford of Great Britain competes in the men's long jump during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Australia compete in the women's teams synchronised swimming free routine

Australia compete in the women's teams synchronised swimming free routine

Marlene Harnois of France competes against Hedaya Wahba of Egypt

Marlene Harnois of France competes against Hedaya Wahba of Egypt

Spain's Carolina Rodriguez flies through the air at London 2012

Spain's Carolina Rodriguez flies through the air at London 2012

BMX track during the London 2012 Olympic Games

BMX track during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The men's 100m final featured the fastest field of sprinters ever assembled during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The men's 100m final featured the fastest field of sprinters ever assembled during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Athletes compete in the women's 1500m semi-finals at London 2012

Athletes compete in the women's 1500m semi-finals at London 2012

Maroi Mezien of Tunisia competes against Isabelle Sambou of Senegal

Maroi Mezien of Tunisia competes against Isabelle Sambou of Senegal

General view of play during the women's hockey semi-final match between New Zealand and the Netherlands

General view of play during the women's hockey semi-final match between New Zealand and the Netherlands

Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain competes against Daehoon Lee of the Republic of Korea during the men's -58kg taekwondo match

Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain competes against Daehoon Lee of the Republic of Korea during the men's -58kg taekwondo match

Serbia's Asmir Kolasinac puts chalks on his shot put during the men's shot put in the Olympic Stadium

Serbia's Asmir Kolasinac puts chalks on his shot put during the men's shot put in the Olympic Stadium

Britain's Jessica Ennis as she competes during her women's heptathlon high jump

Britain's Jessica Ennis as she competes during her women's heptathlon high jump

China's Liu Xiang sits up after falling while competing in the men's 110m hurdles heats

China's Liu Xiang sits up after falling while competing in the men's 110m hurdles heats

Natallia Dobrynska of Ukraine, leads the field as she competes in her women's heptathlon 100m hurdles heat

Natallia Dobrynska of Ukraine, leads the field as she competes in her women's heptathlon 100m hurdles heat

Oman's Shinoona Salah al-Habsi and Yemen's Fatima Sulaiman Dahman walk off the track in the Olympic Stadium

Oman's Shinoona Salah al-Habsi and Yemen's Fatima Sulaiman Dahman walk off the track in the Olympic Stadium

Josefa Idem of Italy competes during the women's kayak single K1 500m sprint

Josefa Idem of Italy competes during the women's kayak single K1 500m sprint

Ai Otomo spikes the ball as Nataliya Goncharova of Russia defends during women's volleyball

Ai Otomo spikes the ball as Nataliya Goncharova of Russia defends during women's volleyball

Birhan Getahun of Ethiopia lies on the track after sustaining an injury during the men's 3000m steeplechase

Birhan Getahun of Ethiopia lies on the track after sustaining an injury during the men's 3000m steeplechase

Athletes compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Stadium

Athletes compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Stadium

France's Jerome Bortoluzzi competes during the men's hammer throw qualifications

France's Jerome Bortoluzzi competes during the men's hammer throw qualifications

Prince Abdullah al Saud of Saudi Arabia rides during the Olympic team show jumping

Prince Abdullah al Saud of Saudi Arabia rides during the Olympic team show jumping

South Korea's Sa Jae-hyouk grabs his arm after getting injured during the weightlifting competition

South Korea's Sa Jae-hyouk grabs his arm after getting injured during the weightlifting competition

Yeseo Dang and Hajung Seok of Republic of Korea compete during the women's team table tennis

Yeseo Dang and Hajung Seok of Republic of Korea compete during the women's team table tennis

Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain compete in triathlon

Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain compete in triathlon

Kathryn Mitchell of Australia competes in the women's javelin

Kathryn Mitchell of Australia competes in the women's javelin

Daniele Lupo of Italy reaches to hit a return against Netherlands

Daniele Lupo of Italy reaches to hit a return against Netherlands

Luc Abalo of France jumps to shoot against Sweden

Luc Abalo of France jumps to shoot against Sweden

Zaur Kuramagomedov of Russia competes with Hasan Aliyev of Azerbaijan during their men's greco-roman 60kg wrestling

Zaur Kuramagomedov of Russia competes with Hasan Aliyev of Azerbaijan during their men's greco-roman 60kg wrestling

Russia attacks Montenegro on a fast break during the women's handball

Russia attacks Montenegro on a fast break during the women's handball

Tomic, Kimura and Okou compete in the women's 100m hurdles heat

Tomic, Kimura and Okou compete in the women's 100m hurdles heat

Belgian duo get off to a strong start in the men's kayak double K2 1000m canoe sprint semi-final

Belgian duo get off to a strong start in the men's kayak double K2 1000m canoe sprint semi-final

Niccolo Campriani competes during the men's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting final

Niccolo Campriani competes during the men's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting final

Bolt flies across the line in first place to claim the gold medal

Bolt flies across the line in first place to claim the gold medal

Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti of Brazil competes in the rings final

Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti of Brazil competes in the rings final

Oscar Pistorius made history just by taking his place at the starting line of the 400m semifinal at London 2012

Oscar Pistorius made history just by taking his place at the starting line of the 400m semifinal at London 2012

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia compete in the women's duets synchronised swimming free routine

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia compete in the women's duets synchronised swimming free routine

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women's heptathlon high jump

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women's heptathlon high jump

Tania Cagnotto of Italy competes in the women's 3m springboard diving

Tania Cagnotto of Italy competes in the women's 3m springboard diving

Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain looks on during the Women's Heptathlon High Jump

Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain looks on during the Women's Heptathlon High Jump

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina

A detailed view of Hyleas Fountain of the United States's tattoo and painted nails

A detailed view of Hyleas Fountain of the United States's tattoo and painted nails

Steven Gluckstein of the United States competes on the men's trampoline

Steven Gluckstein of the United States competes on the men's trampoline

Gold medalists Ilaria Salvatori, Arianna Errigo, Valentina Vezzali and Elisa Di Francisca of Italy celebrate

Gold medalists Ilaria Salvatori, Arianna Errigo, Valentina Vezzali and Elisa Di Francisca of Italy celebrate

Giulia Rambaldi of Italy takes to shot at goal

Giulia Rambaldi of Italy takes to shot at goal

Italy's Erica Barbieri tries to pin South Korea's Hwang Ye-Seul during their women's 70kg judo match

Italy's Erica Barbieri tries to pin South Korea's Hwang Ye-Seul during their women's 70kg judo match

Aida Shanaeva of Russia and Elisa Di Francisca of Italy compete during the women's Foil Team Fencing gold medal match

Aida Shanaeva of Russia and Elisa Di Francisca of Italy compete during the women's Foil Team Fencing gold medal match

Huang Qiushuang of China competes on the balance beam

Huang Qiushuang of China competes on the balance beam

Japan's players bow after defeating the Dominican Republic at London 2012

Japan's players bow after defeating the Dominican Republic at London 2012

Marcel Nguyen of Germany competes on the floor of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Marcel Nguyen of Germany competes on the floor in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around final of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Singapore's Feng Tianwei walks off the court during a break in her table tennis women's bronze medal singles match

Singapore's Feng Tianwei walks off the court during a break in her table tennis women's bronze medal singles match

Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain post a new world record time at London 2012

Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain post a new world record time at London 2012

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain compete in the men's Star Sailing

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain compete in the men's Star Sailing

Anton Dahlberg and Sebastian Ostling of Sweden compete in the men's 470 Sailing

Anton Dahlberg and Sebastian Ostling of Sweden compete in the men's 470 Sailing

Maxim Mikhaylov of Russia serving the the ball to Tunisia

Maxim Mikhaylov of Russia serving the the ball to Tunisia

Greta Cicolari of Italy dives for a shot during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Greta Cicolari of Italy dives for a shot during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Men's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between the Great Britain and Norway

Men's Beach Volleyball preliminary match between the Great Britain and Norway

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain crosses the line to win the men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain crosses the line to win the men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling

Paolo Ottavi of Italy competes on the vault at London 2012

Paolo Ottavi of Italy competes on the vault at London 2012

Serbia v Croatia Olympic handball at the Copper Box

Serbia v Croatia Olympic handball at the Copper Box

Jean Baptiste Bernaz of France competes in the men's Laser Sailing

Jean Baptiste Bernaz of France competes in the men's Laser Sailing

Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand in action with Mohamed Flissi of Algeria

Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand in action with Mohamed Flissi of Algeria

Kelly Smith of Great Britain shoots at goal under pressure from Bruna of Brazil

Kelly Smith of Great Britain shoots at goal under pressure from Bruna of Brazil

Jonathan Horton of the US bulges his biceps

Jonathan Horton of the US bulges his biceps

Pietie Coetzee of South Africa scores a penalty past goalkeeper Bianca Russell of New Zealand during London 2012

Pietie Coetzee of South Africa scores a penalty past goalkeeper Bianca Russell of New Zealand during London 2012

Team GB fans fly the flag at Greenwich Park at London 2012

Team GB fans fly the flag at Greenwich Park at London 2012

Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong China smashes a return against Ji Hyun Sung of Korea during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong China smashes a return against Ji Hyun Sung of Korea during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen in action during the first Star Class sailing race of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen in action during the first Star Class sailing race of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Nicola Wilson finds out as she and Opposition Buzz leap The Moon fence before hurtling downhill

Nicola Wilson finds out as she and Opposition Buzz leap The Moon fence before hurtling downhill

Australia v South Africa in men's Hockey at London 2012

Australia v South Africa in men's Hockey at London 2012

Michael Phelps powers through Butterfly heat

Michael Phelps powers through Butterfly heat

Alexandra Raisman of the United States during the artistic gymnastics floor performance

Alexandra Raisman of the United States during the artistic gymnastics floor performance

Pau Gasol of Spain dunks the ball against China

Pau Gasol of Spain dunks the ball against China

Dominique Pegg of Canada leaps into action

Dominique Pegg of Canada leaps into action

The peloton during the cycling road race of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The peloton during the cycling road race of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Action in the first Finn Class race

Action in the first Finn Class race

The Australian Water Polo team at the Water Polo Arena

The Australian Water Polo team at the Water Polo Arena

Diver Alicia Blagg of Great Britain at the Aquatics Centre

Diver Alicia Blagg of Great Britain at the Aquatics Centre

Anita Asante of Great Britain kicks off the match with Kelly Smith during the women's football match against New Zealand

Anita Asante of Great Britain kicks off the match with Kelly Smith during the women's football match against New Zealand

Luuka Jones of New Zealand at the Lee Valley White Water Centre

Luuka Jones of New Zealand at the Lee Valley White Water Centre

Australian women's Quadruple Sculls crew trains at Eton Dorney

Australian women's Quadruple Sculls crew trains at Eton Dorney

Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a backhand at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a backhand at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon

Kimberly Rhode of the USA practises for the Skeet Shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

Kimberly Rhode of the USA practises for the Skeet Shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

The New Zealand women's hockey team stretch after a training session at the Olympic Hockey venue

The New Zealand women's hockey team stretch after a training session at the Olympic Hockey venue

US Olympic rowing hopeful Genevra 'Gevvie' Stone leaves the boathouse for an early morning training session

US Olympic rowing hopeful Genevra 'Gevvie' Stone leaves the boathouse for an early morning training session

The London 2012 torch lit at the traditional ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia

The London 2012 torch has begun its journey to the Games after being lit at the traditional ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia

Offside rule explained on 50-pence piece

Offside rule explained on 50-pence piece