15 Olympic photos taken at the perfect time
Fractions of a second can make the difference when photographing Olympic events.
These photos show the moment athletes pulled ahead to win gold, as well as perfectly-angled shots.
The Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8.
Bob Beamon soared through the air as he broke the long jump world record at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.
Photographer Douglas Miller won First Prize in the Sports Section of the World Press Photographic Competition with his photo of Beamon's record-setting jump.
Sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner celebrated her gold medal win in 1988 in South Korea.
Griffith-Joyner's records in the women's 100 meter and 200 meter races still stand.
One vault stood between the US women's gymnastics team winning gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Kerri Strug injured her ankle on her first vault, but perservered through the pain to stick the landing the second time and win gold for Team USA.
Chinese diver Hu Jia competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney with a perfectly positioned dive.
Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis focused on combining the right angle, moment, and background for this shot:
"I was interested to see the faces of the contestants while diving. This task turned out to be a very difficult one as I had to focus my long lens on thin air. I shot dozens of pictures hoping to freeze the action, have it in focus and also capture an interesting moment. I got lucky with one of the top athletes of the event — Chinese silver medalist Hu Jia."
Stephon Marbury of the US didn't look thrilled about Argentina's win in the men's basketball semifinals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Reuters named this image, taken by Kimimasa Mayama, as one of its Pictures of the Year.
Argentina's Federico Sztyrle and his horse Who Knows Lilly were perfectly in sync at the Athens Olympics.
"It was the first major equestrian event I had photographed for Reuters," photographer Caren Firoujz wrote. "I had an eye level position on the horses as they took the combination of fences down a straight line in the individual elimination show jumping competition. As Argentina's Federico Sztyrle rode Who Knows Lilly over the jumps I saw between frames that the image could look interesting and as it turned out the helmet, ears and arms fell into place perfectly."
Photographer Shaun Best captured Belarus runner Yuliya Nesterenko's victory in the women's 100 meter final in 2004.
Nesterenko won the race with a time of 10.93 seconds, and Best's photo was named one of Reuters' Pictures of the Year.
The US men's swimming team pulled off a shocking come-from-behind victory in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympics.
When it seemed like France was going to win the race, dashing Michael Phelps' hopes of winning eight gold medals and setting a new record, Jason Lezak pulled off a stunning win.
In a photo worthy of a gold medal, the full moon rose through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympics.
This photo of the moon creating a sixth ring in the Olympic logo went viral during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, garnering thousands of retweets. Many also joked about the International Olympic Committee's strict policies about protecting the Olympic logo.
"Moon taken to court by IOC for violating Olympic brand ban," Twitter user Jon Holmes wrote.
Photographer Dominic Ebenbichler captured the moment Micronesia's Manuel Minginfel dropped his weights in the men's weightlifting competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"I shot the picture with a robot remote camera which was fixed on the roof and that I triggered from the ground," Ebenbichler wrote. "The difficult part is to set it up prior to each weight lifting event. You have to preset the focus and shutter speed and as the athletes are not all the same size, a little bit of luck is involved as to whether the picture will be sharp. In this case everything came together perfectly: Minginfel dropped his weights and gestured upwards, we had set the focus on just the right position and what a result!"
Britain's Mo Farah reacted as he won the men's 5000 meter final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"When Mo Farah was rounding the final corner for the 5000m the huge stadium was electric, everybody was on their feet and he knew he was going to win as he came into that final stretch," photographer Lucy Nicholson wrote. "All the photographers were excited because we knew he was going to react in a very dramatic way so it was a lovely sequence of photos as he crossed the finish line - he put his hands over his head, he wrapped himself in the British flag, it was a very long celebration sequence, which is all you can really wish for as a photographer."
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Egypt and Germany faced off in women's beach volleyball in an image Reuters named one of its Pictures of the Decade.
Taken by Lucy Nicholson, Doaa Elghobashy of Egypt and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany's contrasting outfits made for a poignant image.
This photo of Usain Bolt smiling as he raced ahead to win the Men's 100-Meter Semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics became one of Reuters' most-liked Instagram photos of the year.
Photographer Kai Pfaffenbach explained how he got the incredible shot.
"When Usain Bolt prepared for his 100m semi-final I decided to play with slow shutter speed for that race," he told Reuters. "I set my camera (shutter speed) to a 50th of a second and was waiting for the moment when he passed my position. At the very right moment he looked to his left with the proud smile and my first thought was: 'hopefully I got this sharp.' Well, I've been a lucky bunny in this case but I still would not have imagined at this moment that this picture would go viral and get worldwide recognition."
At the all-around rhythmic gymnastics final of the London Olympics, Marcelo Del Pozo captured this surreal moment mid-routine.
Del Pozo said covering an event as large as the Olympics makes it more difficult to take shots that will stand out. With this photo, he knew he got something good.
"It is one of those frames that I knew when I shot it, something strange had happened, something special," said Del Pozo. "Covering an event where there are so many good photographers shooting from all angles means you need a little luck to get something different."
At the 2016 Olympics, Simone Biles flipped on the balance beam with perfect form.
Biles is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time.
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