Usain Bolt: lightning fast in 100 meters (photo)

August 12, 2013

(Olivier Morin / AFP Getty Images)

The picture of the day, from Sunday’s IAAF World Championships, happened when Usain Bolt bolted to a 100-meter victory just as lightning, well, bolted across the Moscow sky.

Bolt regained his 100-meter world title and won his fourth World championships gold with a time of 9.77 seconds, sprinting past Justin Gatlin with a late burst. Gatlin was second in 9.85. Nesta Carter of Jamaica was third in 9.95.

Rain soaked the track and Bolt said he was not at his best, yet he managed to match his eighth-best time.

“I am happy but I wanted to do better,” he said (via BBC Sport). “My legs were sore after the semifinals, I don’t know why, but the world record wasn’t on so I came out just to win.

“Back in Jamaica, they do not expect less than that from me. They always expect me to dominate!”

As for that image, photographer Olivier Morin called it “pure luck” and was not happy with the image because of Bolt’s passive reaction — until he saw the lightning strike.

“At this moment when I saw the lightning, I thought it’s kind of special photo,” Morin said. “A good photo. But I underestimated the reaction of this picture.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · August 12, 2013