Track speed to shutter speed: Bolt just clicks

04:52, Aug 10 2012
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (second from left) sprints ahead of the field to win the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Game
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (second from left) sprints ahead of the field to win the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Game
From left, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin of the US and Jamaica's Yohan Blake cross the finish line in the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.
From left, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin of the US and Jamaica's Yohan Blake cross the finish line in the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt win's the men's 100m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt win's the men's 100m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games
Jamaica's Usain Bolt kisses the track after winning the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt kisses the track after winning the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he celebrates after winning the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he celebrates after winning the men's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.
Jamaica's Yohan Blake (right) watches as his compatriot Usain Bolt holds up a ''Wenlock'', one of the London 2012 Olympics mascots, as he celebrates winning the men's 100m final.
Jamaica's Yohan Blake (right) watches as his compatriot Usain Bolt holds up a ''Wenlock'', one of the London 2012 Olympics mascots, as he celebrates winning the men's 100m final.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the London Olympics' men's 100m final next to his compatriot, second place finisher Yohan Blake (left), and third place finisher Justin Gatlin of the US.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the London Olympics' men's 100m final next to his compatriot, second place finisher Yohan Blake (left), and third place finisher Justin Gatlin of the US.
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Usain Bolt is flanked by Americans Ryan Bailey and Justin Gatlin in the 100m final.
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Usain Bolt crosses the line to win the 100m final ahead of fellow Jamaican Johan Blake.
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Asafa Powell reflects after finishing last in the 100m final.
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Usain Bolt and Johan Blake celebrate the Jamaican 1-2 in the 100m final.
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Usain Bolt crosses the line first in the 100m final.

For Swedish photographer Jimmy Wixtrom, it pays to be recognised by Usain Bolt.

As the world's greatest athlete was completing a slow victory lap at the Olympic Stadium, basking in the glory of becoming the first man to defend both his 100m and 200m Olympic titles, Bolt took every opportunity to play up to the crowd ... and the cameras.

But after being tracked by countless photographers looking for THAT special shot, Bolt happily took up the request from the Swede to borrow his camera and take some photos for himself. After all, it was the world's biggest stage and it was his moment. Why not get a couple of photos for posterity?

Wixtrom had been shooting images of the race from a higher point in the stands and noticed that Bolt was moving quite slowly in his victory lap. He still had time to pounce.

The two have a history, Wixtrom says, dating back to the World Championships in South Korea last year when the Jamaican had helped him out with getting a shot in the midde of a flurry of photographers. He says they've spoken briefly a few times before and freely admits he could be considered "that annoying guy".

"Today I was up in the stands shooting another picture [of the race] with the Olympic flame in front. Then I saw him walking slowly around and I think (sic) maybe if I go down there," Wixtrom explained.

"I was running all over the place and I was just in time.

"I was just screaming 'Bolt, Bolt, Bolt'. I met him a few times before here and asked him if I could take a picture before ... I guess when he saw me, he recognised me and thought 'OK, that's the same guy again'."

The results were some geninuely exclusive photos of the race's aftermath, except they were taken by the star of the show himself. Bolt targeted his focus on Blake, along with dozens of other lenses pointed back his way.

Wixtrom's employers back at home would be happy, the Swede pointed out, now that they are in possession of some unique images that could possibly be labelled ''From The Eyes of Bolt''.

He says the photos are excellent and agrees the Jamaican superstar may have something of an eye for photography.

"It was amazing. The picture was fantastic ... he's the biggest person in the world right now ... doing this (gestering the characteristic 'Lightning Bolt')."

When the Jamaican was later asked about his brief foray into photography, he flashed a characteristic smile. "It always makes for a great picture. So for me it was fun."

-Fairfax Australia

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt performs for photographers after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt performs for photographers after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt performs for photographers after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt performs for photographers after winning the men's 200m final at the London Olympics to complete back-to-back sprint doubles.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt strikes his traditional winning pose after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt strikes his traditional winning pose after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt waves to the crowd after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt waves to the crowd after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer Jimmy Wixtrom's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer Jimmy Wixtrom's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer Jimmy Wixtrom's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer Jimmy Wixtrom's camera as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.