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China's Lei Sheng, left, reacts during his men's individual foil semifinal fencing match against Italy's Andrea Baldini on July 31.
When the greatest athletes on Earth compete for Olympic glory, it’s only fitting that the greatest photographers be there to capture the moments. The excitement of winning and the abjection of defeat are staples when photographing sports.
Images of jubilation help convey who won and lost instantly. They tell the story of dreams made and dreams lost in a fraction of a second. Here are some of our favorite photos of Olympic jubilations from today.
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South Africa's Chad Le Clos celebrates winning the men's 200m butterfly final on July 31.
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U.S. gymnasts, left to right, Gabrielle Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber celebrate as they look at the score of a teammate's performance during the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final on July 31.
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Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada, right, reacts to defeating Travis Stevens of the U.S. in Judo on July 31.