Usain Bolt’s smiling finish in 100m race has social media in splits

Usain Bolt's image of looking sideways and smiling at the closing seconds of the 100m dash at Rio Olympics has everyone abuzz and joking.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 16, 2016 12:09 pm
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Usain Bolt once again ran past his competitors in the 100m race at the Rio 2016 Olympics to bag a staggering third straight gold in the sprint event at the Olympics.

Bolt won his third gold medal in 100m final after winning the race in 9.81 seconds beating USA’s Justin Gatlin who finished second with 9.89 seconds.

Canada’s 21-year-old prodigy Andre de Grasse won the bronze medal in 9.91 seconds. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake finished fourth with 9.93 seconds.

Bolt had won the gold medal in 2008 Beijing Games with a world record timing of 9.58 seconds and four years later, he went on to defend his title in London with a timing of 9.63 seconds.

But the most iconic act from that race has to be Bolt’s smile as he looks sideways when approaching the finishing line. This goes in line with Bolt’s look-behind act at the London Olympics which clearly highlights the superior advantage he enjoys over his rivals.

The picture was put together by a Sydney based photographer for an agency. “His pose, his stride and perfect technique, and then the big grin and the fact that he’s looking where I was standing, made that image all come together,” the Getty photographer Cameron Spencer said to Sydney Morning Herald.

“Sometimes there’s luck involved but you also need to back yourself. It’s a picture I’m so happy with … it’s up there as one of my favourites,” he further added.

Also shooting other athletics events at the time, Spencer had three minutes to get ready for what is being hailed as the best sports picture of the year and possibly the best capture of Bolt’s track career. “At the time I didn’t realise he was smiling at me. When I looked at the images on my camera and saw he was smiling and looking in my direction I was like ‘Wow, this is special’,” he said.

The picture had everyone on social media in splits over Bolt’s sheer dominance.

And Bolt is still not done. He could add more medals in 200m and 4X100m relay to his kitty before the Olympics get over.

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