9 August 2012
Last updated at 14:44
The London 2012 Olympics could be called the "crying Games" because, like Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanaseva (pictured), of the number of athletes seen welling up or openly sobbing.
It started early with British gymnast Louis Smith shedding a single tear on day one of London 2012 after he qualified for the next round.
Entire teams have been brought to tears, sometimes in defeat, such as the British women's hockey team who lost to Argentina in the semi-final.
Cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy may now have six gold medals to his name, but has showed that he isn't afraid to show his emotion when he receives his reward for four years of hard work.
While Sir Chris's tears were from joy, fellow cyclist Victoria Pendleton's were probably born from frustration after she was forced to settle for silver in her final race.
Rebecca Adlington, something of a national treasure since her victories in Beijing, wiped away tears as she collected a bronze medal in the women's 800m freestyle swimming.
A Freeview survey of 2,000 TV viewers revealed that two out of five people had cried during the Games. Surely Jessica Ennis's golden moment was one of the moments that made the British stiff upper lip quiver?
And it has not just been Team GB athletes and fans who have been blubbing. Japan's Mizuki Fujii was a little overcome on the podium after winning silver with team-mate Reika Kakiiwa in the badminton doubles.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic cried his eyes out after receiving the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles. He dedicated his win to his grandmother, Lilian, who died recently.
Probably the most heart-breaking tears were from Turkey's Merve Aydin who suffered an injury during a heat of the 800m and limped over the line to a huge round of applause from the crowd. She then broke down in a flood of tears.
American Missy Franklin, 17, welled up when she received her gold medal in the women's 100m backstroke. Her tears were soon forgotten when she received a tweet from her idol, pop star Justin Bieber.
Chad le Clos, of South Africa, was overwhelmed with emotion when he mounted the podium to collect gold for his victory over Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly final.