Photographer captures career-defining photo of Usain Bolt

August 12, 2013 2:44 pm 0 comments Views: 390


The amazing photo of Usain Bolt by AFP photographer Olivier MorinUsain Bolt has been almost as famous for his posturing in front of the camera as he has been for his incredible sprinting.

Yet for all those thousands of poses, the photograph that defines his career has now been taken in the most unguarded of moments by sheer chance.

French photographer Olivier Morin was covering the 100m final in Moscow for AFP, and captured a magnificent picture of Bolt as his momentum saw him drift round the track following his win on Sunday night.

Morin snapped a shot that would have been a beautiful photograph on a dark and stormy night no matter what the circumstances.

But the photography gods saw to it that a bolt of lightning crackled down behind the stadium at the exact moment the picture was taken.

The incredible resulting image says it all: Bolt, standing tall, an incredible physical specimen, with his rivals trailing in the background, as much an unrepeatable natural phenomenon as the millions of volts of electricity cutting through the Russian night sky.

When Bolt has hung up his spikes, this will surely be the picture that we all turn to when it’s time to remember his greatness.

The picture has instantly become one of the great iconic sports images. With that in mind, here’s a few of our other favourites from down the years:

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Roger Bannister crosses the line after running the first ever four-minute mile

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Diego Maradona scores the most notorious goal in World Cup history in the quarter-finals against England in 1986

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Muhammad Ali lands a huge punch against George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

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England captain Bobby Moore embraces Brazil legend Pele after their extraordinary match at the 1970 World Cup

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Paul Gascoigne reduced to tears after the yellow card that meant he would miss the World Cup final in 1990

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