08 August 2012
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake minutes after the 100 metre final
This is the amazing photograph taken by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Colin Stone after Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake took gold and silver in the men’s 100 metre final at the Olympic Stadium.
Colin, 20, a third year journalism student, (pictured below) seized the opportunity to snap the record-breaking Jamaicans during their post-race interview with the BBC.
As a Games Maker volunteer with the press operations team at the London 2012 Olympics, Colin has an access all areas pass for the stadium, including a premium trackside media spot and entry to the ‘mixed zone’ where athletes gather before and after their events.
His opportunity to come face to face with the legendary Bolt was a lucky break for Colin after his shift was changed at the last minute, putting him trackside during the 100 metre final.
Colin said: “I took the photo of Bolt and Blake a few minutes after the race – Bolt was being interviewed by the BBC and I was standing just inches away, taking down his quotes. I posted his comments online and they have been used all over the world.
“I have also taken down and posted comments from 100 metre bronze medallist Justin Gatlin, fellow US sprinter Tyson Gay, hurdlers Eilidh Child and Melaine Walker, 400 metre gold medallist Sanya Richards Ross, 3000 metre steeplechase gold medallist Ezekiel Kemboi and many others.
“The atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium is like nothing I have ever experienced before and I love every minute of it.”
In 2011, Colin won the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) award for best shorthand performance. At that stage, he had achieved a speed of 110 words a minute – and he has since hit 120 as part of his preparation for his Olympics role.