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Danny Rose leaves the pitch at full-time

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August 2, 2012: Gold medalists Etienne Stott (C) and Tim Baillie (R) of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Slalom final

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David Florence (left) and Richard Hounslow failed in their solo events

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August 1, 2012: Serena Williams of the US in action at Wimbledon

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Great Britain’s David Florence struggles in yesterday’s canoe single semi-final

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