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12 times British athletes were true heroes at the 2016 Olympic Games

LONDON — Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes.

At the time of writing, Team GB has wracked up a total of 50 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. With 19 gold medals (and plenty more potential golds in the pipeline), Great Britain is currently sitting in second in the table behind the United States.

With less than a week of the competition let to go, we've rounded up some of the most memorable moments from the games so far.

Despite taking a grim tumble during his 10,000 metre race, Mo Farah got up and kept on going.

His expression at the end of the race, as he fell to the floor to celebrate winning gold, said it all.

Usain Bolt's 100 metre final win coincided handily with Jessica Ennis-Hill receiving her heptathlon silver medal alongside Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Nafissatou Thiam.

Clearly sensing a huge Instagram win, Ennis-Hill and the others joined Bolt on the track for a series of epic selfies.

After earning her first gold medal of the 2016 Olympic Games, Trott shared the above picture on Instagram the following morning.

To be fair, if you had a gold medal you definitely would sleep with it under your pillow.

TV presenter Piers Morgan drummed up some controversy when he shared the following tweet about the Olympics.

 Unsurprisingly, plenty of Olympians had something to say. Some were jokey...

...While others were more blunt.

Gymnast Max Whitlock completely exceeded expectations when he won two individual gold medals in a single day — first on the men's floor, and then on the pommel horse.

After Andy Murray scooped gold in the men's tennis, he was interviewed by BBC reporter John Inverdale. But when Inverdale said that Murray was the first person to win two Olympic gold tennis medals, the Scottish world ranked men's number two was quick with his response.

"Venus and Serena have won four each," he said.

Becky James stormed through from the back to win a silver medal in the women's keirin in the velodrome on Saturday, after a lengthy period of injury and illness.

James had a knee injury in 2014 which preceded an operation to remove pre-cancerous cells picked up during a smear test, both of which combined to keep her out of racing for a year-and-a-half.

Now, after reaching the final of the women's sprint on Tuesday night, she's a double Olympic silver medalist.

The women's team took gold and set a world record in the team pursuit, Callum Skinner has a gold and a silver medal, and Mark Cavendish has a silver.

And that's before we even get started on the world's most successful Olympic couple...

After winning the omnium on Tuesday night, Laura Trott earned her second gold medal of the 2016 Olympics and her fourth gold medal overall, making her the first British woman to win that many. Shortly after, her fiancee Jason Kenny picked up his third gold of the games and his sixth overall (he's currently tying with Chris Hoy for the British athlete with the most ever medals).

If those two were a country, they'd currently be ahead of Spain and Brazil.

After cycling, Rowing has been Team GB's second greatest source of medals (three gold and two silver, so far), not to mention a gold and a silver in canoe slalom, and a gold and a silver in sailing (one of the perks of being a small island is that there's plenty of places to train for water events).

Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow earned a bronze medal for Team GB in the 10m platform synchronised diving after a nervous wait for the results of their final dive.

Their reaction — furiously cheering and hugging each other as they fell into the pool — deserved a medal in itself.

Not only did Adam Peaty win gold in the men's 100m breaststroke, but he also beat the person who came in second by over a second-and-a-half. He set a new world record, too.

The whole nation was proud, but it's safe to say no one was as proud as his nan.

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