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London Olympics photos: August 7

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During the London Olympics, BNN offers to check out daily galleries of events, the achievements of sportsmen and intense battles for medals.

More than 10 000 sportsmen from 204 countries of the world are competing for medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. The games will end on August 12.

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