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Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 5, 2008

Bolt sits, arms stretched, in front of the Bird’s Nest

Russell Boyce writes: Great contacts and hard work led to Reuters News Pictures photographer Hans Deryk getting exclusive pictures of Usain Bolt, the 100m world record holder at the National Stadium.

The simple picture of Bolt posing with the specially made gold running shoes that he will wear when he aims for Olympic gold are a perfect blend of a sports news value with timing and place. After all, how much better could it get: the fastest man, being seen for the first time at the venue with is new running shoes.

Bolt posing, sitting down in front of the Bird’s Nest, his shoes in the foreground and arms stretched has led to a great shaped image that embraces the viewer and draws them into an eye catching picture.

Russell Boyce is Reuters chief photographer, Asia. For a selection of other great Reuters pix from the Games click here

Note: The text was amended on Aug. 6 at 0347 to remove a reference to Bolt defending his title.


Hey! his biggest fan, and what do you expect my bona fide cousin. Bolt all the way.

Gods’ Speed with him.


Ahhhh, product endorsements, politics and, oh yeah, sports. Let the Games begin.

Here’s hoping he wins that multi-million dollar Nike contract.

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A nice simple photo. Would be nice if I could get close enough to the stadium to take something much the same.

The best I can do is to get next to the highway across the way.

At least I have a ticket for the 100m men’s athletics final. Should be great watching Bolt, Powell and Gay fighting it out for the gold.


he is the super hero of 100 it seems to be very easy for him.


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