Thanks to Trackpic for these superb shots of Thorkildsen of Norway, the best javelin thrower in the world. They were taken at the European track and field championships, where Thorkildsen won the event. Wrote Trackpic:
This was my first opportunity to photograph him, and I was very pleasantly surprised by his helpfulness. Even when concentrating between throws during the finals, he was always ready to pose when he spotted a camera pointed at him. An extremely relaxed and easy-going athlete whose fame has certainly not gone into his head.
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