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See the photo: Lightning bolt strikes as Usain Bolt wins world title

August 12, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • A bolt of lightning strikes just after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wins the 100-meter title at the IAAF world championships in Moscow.
A bolt of lightning strikes just after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wins… (Olivier Morin / AFP/Getty…)

Usain Bolt actually needed encouragement from the crowd to strike his famous "lightning bolt" pose after reclaiming the 100-meter world title on Sunday.

Maybe that's because the usually ebullient Jamaican runner has found a new gimmick.

An incredible photo has surfaced, showing a bolt of lightning striking overhead at the IAAF world championships in Moscow just after Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.77 seconds, well ahead of American runner-up Justin Gatlin (9.85).

The race took place in a heavy downpour, which led to a slow start by Bolt, the two-time reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in the event.

But he quickly overtook Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist who upset Bolt during a meet in Rome earlier this year.

Bolt, who lost the world title two years ago due to a false start, did nothing flashy as he crossed the finish line or afterward, straying from the usual antics his fans have become accustomed to.

But, then again, Mother Nature seems to have taken care of that for him.

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