14 perfect photos from the track and field World Championships

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For the first time, it feels like momentum is building toward the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

US swimming phenom Katie Ledecky has announced herself as the next big thing, Usain Bolt is back, and we’re getting our first batch of “WILL BRAZIL BE READY?” articles.

This week’s athletics World Championships in Beijing feels like the unofficial of the Olympic cycle. It’s also getting us pumped for one of the best parts of the Olympics: awesome photography.

Whether it’s the unusual sight lines, unfamiliar sports, or emotionally expressive athletes, our best, most creative sports photography tends to come out of the Olympics.

Some of our favorite pictures from Beijing show you why.

Swedish long jumper Michel Torneus leaps in his qualifying heat.

Swedish long jumper Michel Torneus leaps in his qualifying heat.

AP Images

Chinese hurdler Honglin Zhang is devastated after tripping on a hurdle in the 110meters.

Chinese hurdler Honglin Zhang is devastated after tripping on a hurdle in the 110meters.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The field passes Zhang by.

The field passes Zhang by.

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The field races through the water jump in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final.

The field races through the water jump in the women's 3000m steeplechase final.

AP Images

Czech hurdler Petr Svoboda and France’s Pascal Marinot-Lagarde get into the starting blocks.

Czech hurdler Petr Svoboda and France's Pascal Marinot-Lagarde get into the starting blocks.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

South African long jumper Rushwal Samaai lands in the sand.

South African long jumper Rushwal Samaai lands in the sand.

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Germany’s Nadine Mueller wins bronze in the discus.

Germany's Nadine Mueller wins bronze in the discus.

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

US pole vaulter Sandi Morris clears the bar.

US pole vaulter Sandi Morris clears the bar.

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China’s Wang Jianan emerges from the sand after a long jump.

China's Wang Jianan emerges from the sand after a long jump.

REUTERS/Phil Noble

Somalian distance runner Suleiman Abdille Borai rounds the track alone during qualifying.

Somalian distance runner Suleiman Abdille Borai rounds the track alone during qualifying.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

A triple-jumper takes off during qualification, with the Bird’s Nest roof overhead.

A triple-jumper takes off during qualification, with the Bird's Nest roof overhead.

Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Men’s 5000m runners reflect off the track.

Men's 5000m runners reflect off the track.

Cameron Spencer/Getty IMages

German hammer thrower Kathrin Klass winds up for a throw.

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Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Hurdlers fire out of the blocks in the 110-meters.

Hurdlers fire out of the blocks in the 110-meters.
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