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Tokyo Olympics countdown: The Usain Bolt photo that shook the world – and how it almost didn’t happen


Having worked for more than 30 years as a photographer, Olivier Morin has taken his fair share of eye-catching shots.

After cutting his teeth at Bordeaux newspaper Sud Ouest in the late 1980s, he was able to continue working in the port city when he joined Agence France-Presse.

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Morin is responsible for one of the most famous photographs of the modern era

Still with AFP, Olivier has an enviable CV, having covered rugby union and football World Cups, highly-charged Milan derbies and every Summer and Winter Olympics from 1996 in Atlanta until the 2016 games in Rio.

He is now the head of the photo department for the agency in France and will be in Tokyo for the upcoming Olympic Games which gets under way in Japan in just eleven weeks time.

However, it is one photograph of a lightning bolt appearing above the Luzhniki Stadium just after Usain Bolt had claimed 100m gold at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow that catapulted his work into the public eye.