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Photos as Olympic heroes return

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and British prime minister Gordon Brown arrive

As Team GB's flight nears London, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and British prime minister Gordon Brown arrive at Heathrow to greet them

Team GB arrive at Heathrow

At soon after 1500 BST, the team land on a British Airways plane featuring a special gold medal "nose" in celebration of their success

Princess Anne arrives back in London

Among the first to emerge from the aircraft is British Olympic Association president Princess Anne, a former Olympian herself

Lord Coe leaves the plane

Another British Olympic great, Lord Sebastian Coe returns from Beijing in his capacity as chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee

Daley returns from his first Olympics

Although not among the medal winners, 14-year-old diver Tom Daley showed promise and will aim to be a real prospect in 2012

GB's gold medalists leave the plane

With Great Britain claiming 19 gold medals, the winners leave the aircraft together to pose for a group photo

Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington

They are led by cyclist Chris Hoy and swimmer Rebecca Adlington who between them come home with an impressive five gold medals

Gold medal cyclist Jamie Staff

Another to taste victory at the velodrome was Jamie Staff who, with Hoy and Jason Kenny, saw off France to win the men's team sprint

Sarah Ayton, Pippa Wilson and Sarah Webb show off their medals

The so-called 'three blondes in a boat' of Sarah Ayton, Pippa Wilson and Sarah Webb triumphed in the Yngling class sailing competition

Ben Ainslie won in the Finn class

Also on the water, fellow sailor Ben Ainslie triumphed for the third consecutive Games to put him up among Britain's greatest Olympians

Some of Team GB's rowers emerge from the aircraft

Team GB also dominated in rowing, topping the sport's table with six medals - two gold, two silver and two bronze

Sotherton and Johnson show their disappointment

Some others, however, return empty handed with atheletes Kelly Sotherton and Jade Johnson among those who missed out

Reade negotiates the plane's stairs on crutches

After a long unbeaten run, BMX rider Shanaze Reade saw her dreams of a medal disappear when she crashed on the final bend of her race

Hoy meets Gordon Brown

After being welcomed by Gordon Brown, the majority of the Olympians head off to meet their families while some attend a news conference

Team GB press conference

Team GB gather for the press conference as the media hear their reaction to coming home

Frances Houghton

Rower Frances Houghton shows off her silver medal to her nephew after arriving back home

Tom Daley

Tom Daley is all smiles as he picks up his bags and prepares for another journey back to his home in Devon

see also
Your Olympics photos - part two
24 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Your Olympics photos - part one
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics

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