Amazing, Perfectly Timed Photo Of Usain Bolt

Bolt + lightning = the perfect sporting image.

1. Last night Usain Bolt regained his world 100m title in Moscow, with a time of 9.77 seconds.

2. Just after he crossed the line, this auspicious photo was taken.

Getty / AFP / Olivier Morin

3. Sporting triumph echoed by an apparent sign from God? No big deal.

4. All in a day’s work for the fastest man on earth.

UPDATE: The photographer, Olivier Morin, has explained how he got the shot on the AFP blog:

Let’s be honest: the only things I was able to control were the framing of the shot and when to hit the remote-controlled trigger. The flash of lightning -– well, of course that can’t be planned, even if the stormy sky had been rumbling for 20 minutes and all of us photographers were trying to capture a lightning bolt.

This was, I think, a once-in-a-lifetime moment. In my 25 years as a photographer I’ve never had an uncontrollable external element make a photo like this, and I imagine if I tried again for a similar result for the next 50 years, it wouldn’t happen again. So, I only really give myself credit for one percent of this picture!

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Luke Lewis is BuzzFeed's Head of European Growth and is based in London.
 
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