It’s the face that’s now owned three Olympics, and now it’s the smile that’s launched a gazillion memes.
Athletics god-like golden superhero Usain Bolt wrote another page in his history book when he became the first ever Olympian to take the gold medal in the same track event at three consecutive games, when he won the Men’s 100m Sprint on Sunday night in Rio.
It was a trademark Bolt slam-dunk. But it was actually in his semi-final earlier in the evening when he started the celebrations before even crossing the line, and that is when this already classic sports photo was snapped.
The Jamaican superstar managed to find time between paces to look over at the assembled photographer’s gallary and flash a winning smile for the camera while his competitors langished in his wake.
Australian photographer Cameron Spencer was the man who caught the moment for Getty Images. And now, of course, the photo has set the Internet ablaze in meme-ery of Bolt’s outstanding achievement.
.@usainbolt is so fast, he posed, while winning the race AND he took the pic from the crowd! #Bolt pic.twitter.com/ShtVtWKUDI
— Jaime Lopez (@Lopeezie) August 15, 2016
My life #Bolt pic.twitter.com/ulE6pnEYOC — Mediocre Mace (@MediocreMace) August 15, 2016
Good Night y’all (h/t @xmasape) #Bolt pic.twitter.com/u6fSoWsCxw
— LizzLocker (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) August 15, 2016
Meep Meep! #BOLT pic.twitter.com/9LUDolaZip — @wafflertruck (@wafflertruck) August 15, 2016
Who can catch this guy? Maybe The Flash? #Bolt vs #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/kscz2FGh22
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 15, 2016
When you know you’re winning so pose for pictures instead#Bolt pic.twitter.com/EcVrNenawK — AD (@Goaldric) August 15, 2016
Dead #Bolt pic.twitter.com/NkUIBsDnlY
— Niall Griffiths (@niallgriffiths) August 15, 2016
the winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners quote is irrelevant now. #Bolt pic.twitter.com/dzuUzn0FUw
— Kick (@MatthewKick) August 15, 2016