Gillian Wearing photographs Usain Bolt's 100m win

"I was in row 48, quite high up but just above the finishing line – including the men's 100m," says the artist
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Usain Bolt by Gillian Wearing
Usain Bolt by Gillian Wearing

We never had Gillian Wearing pegged as an athletics fan, but it turns out she was in the Olympic Stadium last night to see Usain Bolt set a new Olympic record in the men's 100 metres and here's her photographic proof.

Speaking in the Guardian Gillian Wearing says of her image: "I went to the Olympics to see the fastest man on the planet. I got into track and field sports through watching Coe and Ovett's memorable races against each other in the Moscow 1980 Olympics. I was hooked after that, and have never missed the opportunity to be a couch Olympics supporter. This was my first time to watch it in the stadium and I was lucky to have bought tickets in the final first-come-first-served sale at the end of June. I was in row 48, quite high up but just above the finishing line of the races – including the men's 100m. This image is just after the final. Both Gatlin and Bolt have cameras trained on them. But in the corner of the image, Blake, the silver medal winner, is congratulating Gatlin on his bronze." Check out our Gillian Wearing monograph in the store and search Gillian Wearing for more on one of our favourite, Olympics-loving, artists.

 


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