Monday, August 12, 2013

Amazing photo of Usain Bolt winning 100 meters at exact time of lightning strike

It was no surprise that Olympic champion Usain Bolt won the 100 meters at the world championships in Moscow in a steady rain Sunday. But it was an amazing photo of lightning striking in the background just after the Jamaican sprinter broke the ribbon that is leaving jaws dropped.

Bolt bested American Justin Gatlin and fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter, running a 9.77 after falling behind early. Oliver Morin's perfectly-timed photo captured the speedster's finish just as a lightning bolt coincidentally streaked across the background sky.

The track and field star — who has made his "Lightning Bolt Pose" famous and mimicked by numerous other athletes around the world — had no need to pose when he had the real thing.

Bolt regained his 100 meter world title and won a fourth individual World Championships gold with a season's best of 9.77 seconds.

In heavy rain, the 26-year-old Jamaican made amends for his false start in Daegu two years ago and further cemented his status as the greatest sprinter in history.

The six-time Olympic champion overtook Gatlin in the final stages, forcing the American to settle for silver in 9.85. Bolt's countryman Carter (9.95) claimed bronze.

It was another convincing victory for the sport's brightest star, who demonstrated his superiority by equalling the eighth-fastest time of his career in pretty rough conditions.

Who says lightning doesn't strike twice? And at the same time.

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