As Usain Bolt crossed the finish line at the 2013 IAAF Championships in Moscow, a bolt lightning seared the sky, confirming that even Zeus approved of Bolt as the fastest man ever.
Bolt regained his 100-meter world title and won his fourth World championships gold with a time of 9.77 seconds, sprinting past Justin Gatlin with a late burst. Gatlin was second in 9.85. Nesta Carter of Jamaica was third in 9.95.
Rain soaked the track and Bolt said he was not at his best, yet he managed to match his eighth-best time.
“I am happy but I wanted to do better,” he said (via BBC Sport). “My legs were sore after the semifinals, I don’t know why, but the world record wasn’t on so I came out just to win.
“Back in Jamaica, they do not expect less than that from me. They always expect me to dominate!”
As for that image, photographer Olivier Morin called it “pure luck” and was not happy with the image because of Bolt’s passive reaction — until he saw the lightning strike.
“At this moment when I saw the lightning, I thought it’s kind of special photo,” Morin said. “A good photo. But I underestimated the reaction of this picture.”