Bolt Wins 200m Gold and Takes a Turn Behind the Camera


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Not long after Usain Bolt won gold in the 200m, he grabbed the camera of photographer Jimmy Wextröm and started snapping pictures. The video above shows him in action, and at least one paper's photography editor has critiqued his ability behind the lens.

The BBC and The Daily Mail have put up galleries of the shots by Bolt. The gold medalist had some help in creating the images from his teammate Yohan Blake, who started posing immediately after he saw Bolt with the DSLR. Aside from gaining attention all over the Internet for his pictures, Bolt also set an Olympic record on Twitter. There were more than 80,000 tweets per minutes after his 200m victory, the highest number ever during an Olympics. The highest number in sports overall occurred during the April Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Chelsea, where there were more than 13,684 tweets per second.

The quick shots behind the camera and explosion on Twitter added to Bolt's celebrity, but his real flash of brilliance came during the race. In winning gold in the 200m, he became the first man to notch repeat wins in the 100m and 200m in consecutive Olympic Games.

—Joe Spring