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Olympics 2016: Heroes of London 2012 going for gold in Rio – in pics

The Team GB Olympic champions who will be defending their titles at the Rio Games this summer

As hosts of the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB won a remarkable 29 gold medals

In total, 48 British competitors were crowned Olympic champions. Some, like Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Ben Ainslie, bowed out after their triumphs in London. Others have been overtaken by a new generation of competitors, but can still look back on 2012 with pride.

Many of them will be in Rio this year to defend their titles.

Here are those competitors looking to join an even more exclusive club of back-to-back Olympic champions, while an elite band of cyclists – Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Jason Kenny and Geraint Thomas – are hoping for golds at three successive Olympics.

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