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Photo reaction bolt from the blue at World Athletics Championships

Once-in-a-lifetime photo for Agence France-Presse photographer.

Lightning strikes in the sky after Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the 100 metres final.
Lightning strikes in the sky after Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the 100 metres final.

Olivier Morin turned from his photographer's position near the finish line five minutes after Usain Bolt won the 100 metres at the World Championships on Sunday, looked at his laptop and came across a once-in-a-lifetime image.

The Milan-based Morin, 47, has been shooting for Agence France-Presse for 25 years. He captured the photo to the right of the Jamaican slowing down about 30 metres after crossing the finish at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with a bolt of lightning striking in the dark background sky.

"At this moment when I saw the lightning, I thought it's kind of a special photo," Morin said in a telephone interview from Moscow.

"A good photo. But I underestimated the reaction to this picture."

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