Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee is congratulated by Spain's Javier Gomez after Brownlee won the gold medal in the men's triathlon

Pictures of the day: 8 August 2012

Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee is congratulated by Spain's Javier Gomez after Brownlee won the gold medal in the men's triathlon at the Summer Olympics in London

Closing: As the sun sets in London, the Olympic Stadium prepares for the London 2012 closing ceremony

Going out in a blaze of golden glory: Awe-inspiring shots from the fantastic fireworks show which closed London's 2012 Olympics

Damien Hirst UK Flag for 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony: The 2012 London Olympics went out with many a bang, by closing in a spectacular, star-studded

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles Heat 1 on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The 50 best images of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon Hurdles Heat 1 on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Winning team: The men smiled widely during the medal ceremony for the Men's Four Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney

Super Saturday continues: Team GB scoop SIX golds as rowers power to double glory before female cyclists, golden girl Ennis, long jumper Rutherford and 10,000m star Farah top the podium

Winning team: Team GB (Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory) smiled widely during the medal ceremony for the Men's Four Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney

Germany's Matthias Steiner is injured while his weights fall during the men's +105kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition

Pictures of the day: 8 August 2012

Injured Olympians: Blood, bruises and tears - Germany's Matthias Steiner is injured while his weights fall during the men's Group A snatch weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Colourful: Hundreds of fireworks explode around the stadium to mark the end of a successful Games for Britain

Going out in a blaze of golden glory: Awe-inspiring shots from the fantastic fireworks show which closed London's 2012 Olympics

Image: Fireworks explode above the stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Sunday (© John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)

Glorious send-off: Fireworks lit up the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, as London 2012 drew to a close

Going out in a blaze of golden glory: Awe-inspiring shots from the fantastic fireworks show which closed London's 2012 Olympics

Glorious send-off: Fireworks lit up the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, as London 2012 drew to a close

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge in this picture taken by Retures photographer Luke MacGregor on 3 August

Pictures of the day: 8 August 2012

Best photos of the London Olympics - The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Flare player: Ainslie celebrates his fourth Olympic gold

'Sir Ben' is king of the waves: Ainslie wins fourth gold to become best ever Olympic sailor

Alight: Fireworks explode into the London night sky as the Olympic closing ceremony comes to a spectacular end

Going out in a blaze of golden glory: Awe-inspiring shots from the fantastic fireworks show which closed London's 2012 Olympics

OLYMPIC'S 2012 Alight: Fireworks explode into the London night sky as the Olympic closing ceremony comes to a spectacular end

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals draped in a Union Jack during the medal ceremony for the Women's Double Sculls final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The 50 best images of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Here come the girls: The gold medal won by the women's team pursuit riders was Team GB's 11th of a successful Games for the home nation

Super Saturday continues: Team GB scoop SIX golds as rowers power to double glory before female cyclists, golden girl Ennis, long jumper Rutherford and 10,000m star Farah top the podium

Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell - Gold Medal – Women’s Team Pursuit Cycling

Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain competes in the Women's 100m - T34 in the Olympic Stadium

In pictures: Paralympic Games 2012

Hannah Cockroft of Great Britain competes in the Women's at Olympic Stadium. Hannah won the heat and set a new Paralympic record. She will be going for gold in the final tonight.

China's Lu Dong grips a towel with her teeth as she prepares to start the women's S6 100m backstroke swimming heats

In pictures: Paralympic Games 2012

How a Paralympic swimmer lines up at the edge of the pool for the backstroke when they don’t have any arms to hold onto the starting platform.

US archer Matt Stutzman (C) competes in the men's archery individual compound-open ranking round during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks

In pictures: Paralympic Games 2012

US archer Matt Stutzman (C) competes in the men's archery individual compound-open ranking round during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks

Amanda Mcgrory of the United States, Shelly Woods of Great Britain and Keira-Lyn Frie of Canada compete in the Women's 5000m - T54 round 1 heat

In pictures: Paralympic Games 2012

(L-R) Amanda Mcgrory of the United States, Shelly Woods of Great Britain and Keira-Lyn Frie of Canada compete in the women's - round 1 heat on Day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

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