Photographers Race for Best Games Photo in Best Time

Photographers race for best Games photo in best time


When Canada's Ben Johnson accelerated across the 100 metres finishing line in 9.79 seconds at the 1988 Seoul Olympics it took about 1-1/2 hours to get the shot to newspapers.

When Usain Bolt blitzed the 100m at the London Games in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds on Sunday, it took news agencies less than three minutes to publish the first images of the fastest man in the world's triumph.

Technology has revolutionised the speed, quality and quantity of photos from the Olympics, with the shift to digital sparking a race among news organisations to get photos online and to iPads winning readers and advertising dollars.

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