Britain's athletes at the Olympics did not just exceed expectations, they smashed them, and in doing so a series of previously little-known athletes became household names.
The total of 65 medals, including 29 golds, is the best tally recorded by Britain at any Olympics since 1908 - and 18 more than won in Beijing four years ago.
It was also the Games when British women came to the fore - with first ever golds in rowing, stunning performances in cycling, Jessica Ennis in the stadium, and several riders in the equestrian events.
Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, said: 'It's the greatest team we have ever sent to an Olympic Games.'
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