Sneaky Russians!

An independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found proof of systematic cheating within Russian athletics, amid strong suggestions of state complicity too.

Looking back on my time photographing the London 2012 Olympic Games, I struggle to recall anything beyond the amazing events of Super Saturday, the Mens’ 100m Final, the electric atmosphere of the Velodrome and so on…the marquee events that I’ll never forget witnessing. However, another trawl through the archive reminds me I shot a lot more than that, and funnily enough, some of the pictures that seemed less important at the time have since come to the fore.

With so many athletes dotted around all over the stadium, it’s hard – if not, impossible – to get something on everyone, especially considering the lack of infield access afforded to the majority of us. Fortunately, those I did shoot on the final day of the track and field events in Stratford have hit the news in a big way this week – all of them are available via Offside

Mariya Savinova (RUS) celebrates victory in the Womens' 800m Final
Mariya Savinova (RUS) celebrates victory in the Womens’ 800m Final
Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrates after coming third to secure a Bronze medal in the Womens' 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrates after coming third to secure a Bronze medal in the Womens’ 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) celebrates victory in the Womens' 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) celebrates victory in the Womens’ 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrates after coming third to secure a Bronze medal in the Womens' 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrates after coming third to secure a Bronze medal in the Womens’ 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) (L) and Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrate at the end of the Womens' 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) (L) and Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) celebrate at the end of the Womens’ 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) (L) and Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) shows off their Gold and Bronze medals on the podium after the Womens' 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) (L) and Ekaterina Poistogova (RUS) shows off their Gold and Bronze medals on the podium after the Womens’ 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mariya Savinova (RUS) cries on the podium as she celebrates with her Gold medal following her victory in the Womens' 800m Final
Mariya Savinova (RUS) cries on the podium as she celebrates with her Gold medal following her victory in the Womens’ 800m Final
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alan Martin says:

    Don’t know what these girls were on, Simon, but I’d probably take it, too, to get abs like their’s.

    1. Some might suggest a Meat & Potato pie at Wigan’s DW Stadium might provide photographers with an unfair advantage. That enquiry, however, is yet to take place.

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