13 Aug 2013

French photographer takes athletics "pic of the decade"

11:54 am on 13 August 2013

A French photographer at the world athletics championships has taken what's been described as the "coolest picture of the decade".

The shot snapped by the AFP photographer Olivier Morin Monday morning was the kind of picture a sports photographer could only ever dream of: the incomparable Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt clinching gold as a lightning bolt illuminates the stormy skies above.

Morion, a veteran of 23 years, had set up five remote-controlled cameras along the edge of the track, all focused on Bolt's lane, and all he did was control the framing of the shot and when to hit the trigger.

The bolt of lightning was a bonus.