It was another day filled with drama, joy and tears in the Olympic Park. In the athletics Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang injured himself on take off and crashed at the first hurdle. During the heat several others crashed and it was more a comedy of errors than an Olympic race. Liu Xiang limped to the last hurdle before kissing it goodbye and leaving in tears.
Later in the day Sir Chris Hoy also had some tears on display, but they were tears of joy as he became Britain’s most decorated Olympian ever with 6 gold medals. I know Michael Phelps wins those in 3 days, but it’s still a mean feat. [43 photos total]

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Athletes compete in the women's 5000m round 1 heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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China's Liu Xiang kisses the last hurdle in his lane after his men's 110m hurdles round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Norway's Linn-Kristin Koren, Heidi Loke and Karoline Dyhre Breivang celebrate their victory over Brazil in their women's handball quarterfinals match at the Copper Box venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS) #
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Brazil's goalkeeper Chana Masson is consoled by a team member after their loss to Norway in their women's handball quarterfinals match at the Copper Box venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Chris Hoy competes in his men's track cycling keirin first round heat 1 at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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China's Zhou Yu and Wu Yanan compete in the women's kayak double (K2) 500m heat at the Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Alistair Brownlee competes in the men's triathlon final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park (TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS) #
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes first place ahead of Nigeria's Noah Akwu and Isiah Young of the U.S. in their men's 200m round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Belgium's Simon De Cuyper competes in the men's triathlon final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park (TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Phillips Idowu competes in men's triple jump qualification at London 2012 Olympic Games (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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China's He Chong performs a dive during the men's 3m springboard semi-final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Daniele Greco competes in men's triple jump qualification at London 2012 Olympic Games (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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Audience watches as Sweden's Patrik Kittel riding Scandic competes in the equestrian dressage individual grand prix special at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park (MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS) #
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The Union Flag and the rainbow stripes of a world champion cyclist are painted on the fingernails of Britain's Laura Trott ahead of her women's track cycling ominium 3km individual pursuit race at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS) #
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China's Zhang Zhilei walks to the ring before his quarterfinal Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) boxing match against Britain's Anthony Joshua at the London Olympic Games (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS) #
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Javelins are seen in front of the Olympic flame during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Yuliya Zaripova kisses the hurdle after winning the women's 3000m steeplechase final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva fails to clear the bar in women's pole vault final at London 2012 Olympic Games (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS) #
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Belarus' Ioseb Chugoshvili rests on mate after been defeated by Sweden's Johan Euren for the bronze medal on the Men's 120Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS) #
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China's Deng Linlin competes in the women's gymnastics balance beam final in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Nely Alberto Francisca hugs team mate Elisabeth Pinedo Saenz as they celebrate their victory over Croatia in their women's handball quarterfinals match at the Copper Box venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS) #
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Belarus' Tsimafei Dzeinichenka fights with Bulgaria's Elis Guri on the Men's 96Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS) #
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Japan's Yusuke Tanaka competes in the men's gymnastics parallel bars final during the London 2012 Olympic Games (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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China's Deng Linlin competes in the women's gymnastics balance beam final in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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Japan's players celebrate defeating China during their women's quarterfinal volleyball match at Earls Court during the London 2012 Olympic Games (IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERS) #
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Japan's Ai Fukuhara serves to China's Li Xiaoxia in their women's team gold medal table tennis singles match at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. falls as she competes in the women's gymnastics balance beam final in the North Greenwich Arena (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Victoria Pendleton reacts after the track cycling women's sprint semifinals at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Epke Zonderland celebrates winning a gold medal in the men's gymnastics horizontal bar victory ceremony in the North Greenwich Arena (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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The U.S. bench celebrates their overtime win against Australia during their Women's Semifinal water polo match during the London 2012 Olympic Games (LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS) #
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Australia's Anna Meares celebrates after her track cycling women's sprint finals at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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China's Ding Ning, Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia celebrate with their gold medals in the medal ceremony of the women's team table tennis tournament at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Latvia's Plavins reacts after losing a point against Brazil's Emanuel and Alison during their men's beach volleyball semifinal match at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS) #
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Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. celebrates winning a gold medal in the women's gymnastics floor exercise victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Robert Harting celebrates after winning the men's discus throw final at London 2012 Olympic Games (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Australia's Sally Pearson clears a hurdle ahead of Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells of the U.S. in the women's 100m hurdles final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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China's Qin Kai reacts after placing second in the men's 3m springboard final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
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Australia's Sally Pearson crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 100m hurdles final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Iran's Ehsan Hadadi competes in men's discus throw final at London 2012 Olympic Games (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Ireland's Michael Conlan is declared the winner over France's Nordine Oubaali after their Men's Fly (52kg) quarter-final boxing match at the London Olympic Games (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS) #
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Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi reacts as he wins the men's 1500m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS) #
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France's Alexis Vastine lays on the canvas after becoming upset with the decision giving the Men's Welter (69kg) quarter-final boxing match to Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk at the London Olympic Games (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS) #

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