Here's an Incredible Photo of Lightning Striking as Usain Bolt Wins

"I only really give myself credit for one percent of this picture," AFP photographer Oliver Morin says about his shot of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt winning the 100-meter World Championships final in Moscow yesterday as lightning flashed in sky.

Morin wrote about the photograph for the AFP's Correspondent 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.

With a time of 9.77 seconds in the 100 meters, Bolt regained the world title. American Justin Gatlin took the silver with a time of 9.85 seconds.


[image via AFP/Getty]