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Olympics 2012: 10 Coolest Photos from 12th Day of Summer Games

Darin PikeContributor IAugust 17, 2016

Olympics 2012: 10 Coolest Photos from 12th Day of Summer Games

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    The 2012 London Games may be drawing to a close, but the amazing photography keeps coming in. 

    Day 12 brought an array of team competition and individual performances in track and field.

    Continue to check in for the latest results and analysis of the Games' final days, as well as some of the coolest pictures available.

    If you've missed any of the prior days, we'd like to make that easy on you as well:

    Day 11 

    We look forward to your thoughts and captions you'd like to add.

10. Celebration?

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    New Zealand takes a little time for a dip in men's 49er skiff class. Blair Tuke and Peter Burling won the silver medal, but there must be a better way to celebrate than dropping into the icy waters of Weymouth.

    Not to worry. The pair got in a proper celebration when they reached the shore.

9. Contact!

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    Claressa Shields had a commanding victory over Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan in women's middleweight boxing, 29-15.

    Volnova won a bronze medal while Shields will face Russia's Nadezda Torlopova on Thursday for gold and silver.

8. Are You Going to Eat That?

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    France is known for serving up some wonderful food, but in men's handball they were dished up a little pain instead. Is this known as pie-hole-aella in Spain?  

    France had the last laugh, though, beating Spain 23-22 to advance to the semifinals.

7. No, You Can Have It

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    Central Africa's Seulki Kang connects with Croatia's Lucija Zaninovic in women's 49 kg (108 lbs) taekwondo action.

    Zaninovic won this match, though, before losing to China's Wu Jingyu in the semifinals.

    Wu would go on to win gold and Zaninovic picked up a bronze medal.

6. I Believe I Can Fly

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    Spain slammed the door on France in men's basketball. While it was mostly a defensive effort in a 66-59 win, Spain also had a few easy points in the paint.

    The game was marred by some late cheap play from a frustrated France squad (yes, Mr. Batum, we're talking about you).

5. We Know We Can Fly

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    BMX events began today with the qualifying rounds for men and women. There was some big air and some big crashes.

4. We All Know Penguins Can't Fly

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    The inability for flight didn't keep Croatia from soaring above the U.S. men in water polo. The gold-medal favorites were ousted from the tournament, 8-2.

    Croatia will meet Montenegro to determine who plays for gold.

3. I Want to Fly Like Mike

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    The United States began the medal round against a tough Australian team. The Aussies kept the score close for most of the first three quarters, but couldn't keep up with the superstars on the new Dream Team.

    The U.S. outscored them 35-16 over the final 10 minutes to secure a 119-86 win.

    LeBron James took flight on this early scoring opportunity to help lead the U.S. to the semifinals.

2. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...

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    Aries Merritt. He became the first American to win the 110-meter hurdles since Allen Johnson took gold in 1996.

    He set a new personal best and British-soil record 12.92 seconds, bettering his time in the U.S. team trials by .01 seconds.

    It was the first gold medal for the American men in track at the 2012 London Games.

1. Once, Twice, Three Times in Ladies...

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    U.S. vs. U.S. in the women's beach volleyball finals was quite the accomplishment. Seeing Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings win their third straight Olympic gold medal was simply amazing.

    Our apologies for staring at your celebration, ladies, but the joy and elation of your victory makes you the top pic of the day.

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