Olympic Games often produce iconic photos, and that’s what happened this Sunday during the men’s 100 meter semifinals. Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer managed to capture a remarkable photo that shows Usain Bolt flashing a “cheeky grin” as he comfortably wins the race.
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This week, Spencer’s photo of Bolt is going viral around the world, both the original shot and also memes that have been created based on the image.
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Spencer did an interview with NPR about how he captured the photo:
“When [Bolt] went past me, you know, this happens in 9 1/2 seconds, and I kind of knew at the 70-meter mark he was going to probably be ahead of the rest,” Spencer tells NPR. “When he passed me around the 70-meter mark, I was infield and I sort of panned my camera with him.”
“It wasn’t till I looked at the back of my camera — firstly hoping that something was sharp and that I’d captured it — I then realized he’s almost looking straight at me and he had the big grin going, and the eyes, and I knew that it was special once I saw that.”
Update: Reuters photographer Kai Pfaffenbach captured a near-identical photo that’s also going viral as a meme.
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Image credits: Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images