AFP Photo / Olivier Morin
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (L) wins the100 meters final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 11, 2013 while a lightning strikes in the sky.
Jamaican track star Usain Bolt said an AFP photograph of the sprinter clinching world 100m gold as a lightning bolt illuminated the stormy skies above was “amazing”.
AFP photographer Olivier Morin snapped the photo on Sunday night as Bolt stormed to victory to reclaim his 100m title at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Photographers, sports fans and commentators were left slack-jawed after seeing the image, which was massively shared on social media sites, and on Twitter was tweeted and retweeted thousands of times.
Morin, 47, who’s based in AFP’s Milan bureau, shrugged off his role in capturing the image, saying he can only claim “one percent” credit.
But Bolt, after winning his 200m semi-final on Friday to advance to Saturday’s final, told the BBC:
“It was an amazing moment.
“It’s one of those pictures that you just want to remember.”