Here are a few shots from a track meet I covered last Thursday in Velenje, Slovenia, an inviting city of about 25,000 in the north-central part of the country.

Photography is always secondary when I’m on assignment but smaller events like this afford some extra time for shooting. At top is Lázaro Borges of Cuba, who won the pole vault, and below is Olga Kucherenko of Russia, the long jump winner. In the Borges shot, I really liked the contrast of the colors against the night sky.

The rest are competitors in the women’s triple jump who as you can see, also get up pretty high. Enjoy!

Marija Sestak of Slovenia

Yasmine Regis of Great Britain

Patricia Mamona of Portugal

Eleonora D’Elicio of Italy

Svetlana Bolshakova of Belgium

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  1. Good Lord, those were AWESOME! The first and last are my favorites – first, pure art in his form and pure art through your viewfinder. the last captures her amazing speed, power, focus and determination. How lucky that you were there for this great series of images! Thanks, Z

    • Thanks! The Pole Vault is an amazing event to watch. These guys are nearing –and in some cases topping– 6 meters.

      • I have always admired the courage and skill of a pole vaulter. You captured a great moment in time! Z

  2. That first shot is amazing, Robert. Yes, the colours against the night sky are dramatic but he’s so perfectly poised, that nanosecond after he’s let go of his pole – just hanging there – at this point we’re holding our breath for him. It’s a captivating shot.

    • Thanks – I got very lucky with the timing on that one. :)

      • I can believe it! The guy who used to take all our photographs when I worked at Sydney Dance Company said even after watching rehearsals, and run throughs in the theatre, it was still really difficult to get the timing right for the bravura shots – and dance, and theatre were his specialities!

          • Only for fun, Bob. I was the sponsorship fundraiser chick, looking for the money:)

          • And a crucial role that was!

          • Yes, it was, and I thrived on that. But the responsibility was sapping and after ten years I couldn’t handle it any more. Even today, if someone asks me for help i get anxious

  3. Such a sense of power in these photos, really lovely.

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