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2012 Olympics: 10 Coolest Photos from 4th Day of Summer Games

Avi Wolfman-ArentCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

2012 Olympics: 10 Coolest Photos from 4th Day of Summer Games

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    If a picture is worth a thousand words...then...um...well...

    Forget it.

    Rather than bombard you with aphorisms and the like, why don't I just show you some breathtaking, bizarre and all-around awesome photographs from the fourth day of Olympic competition?

    Sound like a plan?

    Alright then, let's get to it.

10. Respect the Specs

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    A bespectacled Tony Parker drives against Argentina's men's basketball team. Parker scored 17 points for his French team, leading it to a crucial 71-64 victory over the defending bronze medalists.

9. A Day at the Beach

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    A Brazilian beach volleyball player goes all out on a dig—sand wedgie be damned!

8. Crying Foul

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    Spanish water-polo coach Rafael Aguilar Morillo pleads with an official after his team was denied what looked to be a game-tying goal. Head referee Boris Margeta reversed an initial ruling by the line judge, saying that time had expired before the goal was scored and sending Spain to a bitter 8-7 defeat.

7. An Eye for an Eye

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    American boxer Jamel Herring trades blows with Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov. Herring, a veteran of the Iraq war, lost to Yeleussinov on points, 19-9.

6. Mom, You're Embarrassing Me!

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    Debbie Phelps does a little light reading on her son, Michael, during the swimming competition. The younger Phelps won two medals on the day, surpassing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

5. In Deep

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    France's Tony Estanguet pulls through a rapid during the finals of the men's single canoe slalom. Estanguet took gold over Slovakian rival Michal Martikan, his third career Olympic title.

4. Freefallin'

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    A pair of female divers look positively at ease during the women's synchronized 10-meter platform competition.

3. Handballin'

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    A French player launches himself toward goal during his team's 33-20 victory over Argentina in men's handball. The win moves France to 2-0 in group play.

2. Red Carpet Entrance

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    A gymnast sprints toward the vault in the women's team gymnastics title. Team USA's "Fab Five" took gold, the nation's first since 1996.

1. Chad le Clos Is a Very Happy Man

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    As one might imagine, beating Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly can be quite a shock to the system.

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