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Faces of defeat: Athletes react to Olympic losses

Olympic victors tend to hog the spotlight, and rightfully so - their Herculean efforts deserve attention. But with every victory comes a devastating, dream-crushing loss that often leaves athletes feeling dejected, angry and frustrated. Here are how some London 2012 Olympians have reacted to defeat.

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Honduras' Bayron Molina Figueroa reacts after his loss to India's Devendro Singh Laishram in the Men's Light Fly Round of 32 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012.

MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Russia's Aliya Mustafina (right) consoles Victoria Komova after the women's individual all-around gymnastics final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012. Komova came in second place behind the U.S.'s Gabby Douglas.

Mike Blake/REUTERS

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Team Britain reacts after losing the women's eight finals rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney August 2, 2012. The team of Olivia Whitlam, Louisa Reeve, Jessica Eddie, Lindsey Maguire, Natasha Page, Annabel Vernon, Katie Greves, Victoria Thornley and Caroline O'Connor.

Darren Whiteside/REUTERS

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Czech Republic's Lukas Krpalek reacts after losing to Russia's Tagir Khaibulaev in their men's -100kg quarter-final judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012.

Toru Hanai/REUTERS

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Portugal's Yahima Ramirez reacts after losing to Britain's Gemma Gibbons in their women's -78kg elimination round of 32 judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012.

Toru Hanai/REUTERS

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Britain's Victoria Pendleton holds her head after her and teammate Jessica Varnish and saw their medal hopes vanish when they were relegated for making an early change in the first round of a track cycling women's team sprint event, during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

Matt Rourke/AP

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Mariel Zagunis of the U.S. (right) leaves after losing against South Korea's Jiyeon Kim in their women's sabre individual semifinals fencing competition at the ExCel venue.

DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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South Korea's Joung Da-Woon reacts after losing to France's Gevrise Emane in their women's -63kg bronze medal B judo match.

TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi lies on the pitch dejected after losing to Mexico in their men's first round Group B football match against Switzerland.

FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS

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Venezuela's Brito Leidys reacts after losing against China's Cheng Ming in the women's individual round of 32 eliminations at the Lord's Cricket Ground.

SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS

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Jamel Herring of the United States reacts after being defeated by Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yelessinov in their men's light welter 64-kg boxing match on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Ivan Sekretarev/AP

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Serbia's Stefana Veljkovic (left) and Jovana Vesovic react after losing a point to Turkey during their women's Group B volleyball match at Earls Court.

IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERS

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China's Chen Fei reacts after losing to Colombia's Yuri Alvear in their women's -70kg Bronze medal A judo match.

DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

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Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa reacts after losing to Singapore's Feng Tianwei in their women's singles bronze medal table tennis match.

TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Japan's Satoshi Shimizu reacts after losing to Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov in their Men's Bantam Round of 16 boxing match.

MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Travis Stevens of the U.S. reacts after losing to Germany's Ole Bischof in their men's -81kg semi-final A judo match.

DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

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Nadezda Evstyukhina of Russia reacts after her third no-lift to fail to advance in the competition during the women's 75-kg, group A, weightlifting competition on August 3rd.

Hassan Ammar/AP

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North Korea players react after losing their women's football first round Group G match to the U.S. at Old Trafford in Manchester.

ANDREA COMAS/REUTERS

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Brazil's goalkeeper Mayssa Pessoa reacts after conceding a goal by Russia in their women's handball Preliminaries Group A match at the Copper Box venue.

MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS

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Egypt's Khalil K Abir Abdelrahman falls after failed attempt on the women's 75Kg group A weightlifting competition.

DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/Reuters

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