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Recent scenes from Track & Field

The international track and field calendar has been busy this summer, with top athletes crisscrossing the globe to compete in events. From Kingston to Rome, from Lausanne to Eugene, and from the Czech Republic to Australia, a diverse collection of disciplines has been on display in spectacular form. This Big Shots post presents a small fraction of the great images gathered from just the past few weeks. ( 28 photos total)

Competitors take a jump during the 3000m steeplechase event at the IAAF World Athletics Tour in Ostrava, Czech Republic June 17. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Olga Kucherenko leaps in the long jump competition at the European Team Championships in Leiria, Portugal June 21. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #

Chelsea Johnson pole vaults during the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships June 28 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Rachel Yurkovich throws the javelin during the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships June 27 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Deirde Mullen competes in the high jump final during the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field June 25 in Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

Elena Isinbaeva of Russia competes in the women's pole vault during the IAAF Golden League Golden Gala track and field event at the Stadio Olimpico July 10 in Rome. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

German javelin thrower Christina Obergfoll shows the trophy to her teammates after Germany won the European Team Championships June 21 at the Magalhaes Pessoa stadium in Leiria, Portugal. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) #

Spain's Miguel Quesada (center) celebrates winning the men's 800m of the European Team Championships at Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium June 21 in Leiria, Portugal. (MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images) #

(From left) Portguese runners Sonia Tavares, Carla Tavares, Naide Gomes, and Eva Vital jubilate after winning the 4x100 relay in the European Team Championships at Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium in Leiria, Portugal June 20. (FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) #

Gelete Burka of Ethiopia celebrates after winning the women's 1500 meters during the Super Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Stade Olympique in Lausanne July 7. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

American Dawn Harper (left) celebrates after winning the women's 100m hurdles at the Athletics IAAF Golden Gala at Rome's Olympic Stadium July 10. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Isabelle Pedersen (center) of Norway celebrates winning gold in the girl's 100m hurdles final during the IAAF World Youth Championships at the Bressanone Sports Complex July 9 in Brixone Bressanone, Italy. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #

Usain Bolt (left) wins the men's 100m final at the National Senior Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston June 27, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Britain's Dwain Chambers (center) wins the 100m second heat at the European Team Championships in Leiria, Portugal June 20. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #

Runners stay in stride during the 5000m event at the USA Track and Field National Championships June 26 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Athletes compete in the men's 1500m wheel chair race at the Super Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Stade Olympique in Lausanne July 7. (REUTERS/Ruben Sprich) #

Deresse Mekonnen (right) of Ethiopia wins the men's 3000m race during the Super Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Stade Olympique in Lausanne July 7. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

Rain doesn't stop the men's 200m race during the Super Grand Prix athletics meeting at the Stade Olympique in Lausanne July 7. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #

Krisztian Pars of Hungary wins the men's hammer throw event at the IAAF World Athletics Tour Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic June 16. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) #

Suzy Powell- Roos throws in the discus final during the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field June 25 in Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

Rhuben Williams competes in the shot put during the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field June 28 in Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

Great grandmother Ruth Frith, who is about to turn 100, demonstrates her skill at shot-putting at a special event in Sydney July 2 ahead of the 2009 World Masters Games. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russia's Maria Abakumova throws a javelin during the IAAF World Athletics Tour in Ostrava, Czech Republic June 17. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Romanian Angela Morosanu falls during the women's 400m hurdles at the IAAF Super Grand Prix July 7 at the Stade Olympique in Lausanne. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Olympic winner and world record holder Usain Bolt (left) of Jamaica talks to his coach Glen Mills during a practice session at the Stade de la Pontaise in Lausanne July 6. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

Yargelis Savigne of Cuba leaps during the women's triple jump at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne July 7. (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominique Favre) #

Louis Tsatoumas of Greece competes during the men's long jump at the IAAF Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria 2009 in Athens Olympic Stadium July 13. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Deedee Troter prepares for the 400m race during IAAF Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria at the Olympic Stadium July 13. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #


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Great set of images! Definitely did not expect No. 22, though. And in the future, the more Kara Goucher, the better.

Posted by sc July 16, 09 05:15 PM
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Number 22 is indeed a "breath of fresh air", splendid photography! Thank you.

Posted by leslie July 18, 09 10:59 PM
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@pic 25
for a second i thought Usain Bolt was speaking to a guy in a racing wheelchair .

Posted by Mos July 22, 09 07:30 AM
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