The Rundown

The most amazing sporting photographs of 2013

GREASED LIGHTNING! - A photographer at the World Championships in Moscow captured what is unarguably the defining photograph of Usain Bolt's incredible career.

The amazing photo of Usain Bolt by AFP photographer Olivier Morin

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UNDERWATER - Ryan Lochte of the USA swims to yet another gold at the World Championships in Barcelona.

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BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO, BEER WE GO - Franck Ribery is doused in beer by team-mate Jerome Boateng after Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title in May. Thankfully it was non-alchohol stuff - otherwise teetotal muslim Ribery would not have been happy.

Jerome Boateng soaks Franck Ribery in beer

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THE CRYING GAME - David Beckham applauds the crowd as he leaves the pitch following his final match as a professional footballer.

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MONEY MONEY MONEY - Arsenal fans weren't happy with the manager as they lost their opening match of the season. Complaints about lack of spending dried up when Arsene Wenger splashed out £40m on Mesut Ozil, who promptly helped steer them to the top of the league.

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SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY - Maria Sharapova was just one of a number of big names to slide out of Wimbledon as slippery courts early in the fortnight caught out more stars than normal.

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BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW - The Tour de France always has some of the best - and kookiest - fans in sport.

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RUN RABBIT, RUN RABBIT, RUN RUN RUN - Brazilian police react to legitimate protests about the country's near-bankrupt government spending billions on the Olympics and World Cup in a manner which shocks the world.

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YOU WIN AGAIN - Jose Aldo of Brazil jumps over the cage to celebrate after defeating Jung Chan-sung of South Korea during a UFC competition, in Rio de Janeiro.

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I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE - NASCAR driver Kyle Larson's Chevrolet slides on fire down the front stretch on the final lap during the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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DEAR JOHN - A crazed fan during Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East has a message for the former England skipper.

It's unclear whether JT obliged this woman

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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - South Africa's Riaan Van Niekerk kicks up dirt as he rides his KTM during the 5th stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile

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UPSIDE DOWN, BOY, YOU TURN ME - England's Gary Cahill challenges Ireland's Shane Long during their international friendly football match at Wembley.

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DIAMOND LIGHTS - Spectators watch skiers descending down from the slope while holding lit torches in the town of Zheleznogorsk, Siberia.

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throws against the Texas Rangers. Surely it'd be easier with your eyes open, though?

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WE ARE CHEEKY GIRLS - A group of girls attending Ladies Day at Aintree's Grand National festival show their cheeky side to fellow racegoers.

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SUNSHINE ON A CRAZY DAY - Nacional supporters cheer amidst smoke from fireworks, before their Uruguayan league match against fierce rivals Penarol in Montevideo.

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THE MONSTER MASH - Dinosaur stops play during an exhibition football match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.

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SUPERMAN! - Czech Republic's Michal Navratil performs an exhibition dive dressed as Superman at the end of the men's 27m high diving final during the World Swimming Championships at Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona.

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HORSEY, HORSEY, DON'T YOU STOP - Yamaha MotoGp rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (C) celebrates winning the British Grand Prix.

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RUBBER SOUL - The British Grand Prix at Silverstone was almost called to a halt as drivers' tyres repeatedly exploded during the race weekend. A subsequent return to the 2012 tyre specifications was judged by many to have gifted Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel the title.

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U.G.L.Y. - Argentina's Mauricio Munoz takes a punch in his bout against Russia's Evgeny Gradovich during their IBF Featherweright title bout in Macau.

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HOW DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO TO ME? - Arsenal's Mesut Ozil reveals to the world the true secret of his footballing power: telekinesis. Showing skills that would turn Uri Geller green with jealousy, he successfully levitates Laurent Koscielny several feet off the turf.

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HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW? - It's a dog's life: Lewis Hamilton's dog, Roscoe, gets the VIP treatment at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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BARCELONA - WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HORIZON - Tom Daley performs a dive at the Diving World Championships against one of the most beautiful backdrops ever seen at a global sporting event. Apart from all the cranes around the incomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral.

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YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND, BABY, RIGHT ROUND - Skateboarder Aaron "Jaws" Homoki of Phoenix, Arizona manages to stay on his board as he successfully pulls off a 5m high loop-the-loop in Vista, California.

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THAT'S FOR THE FOLKS BACK HOME - Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates his victory over Brandon Rios of the US during their WBO International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau, just days after the devastating earthquake that ravaged his homeland.

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LIVES IN THE BALANCE - Austria's Reinhard Kleindl sets a 'slacklining' world record by walking 607ft above the streets of Frankfurt on what amounts to a piece of trampoline elastic.

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LIKE A PUPPET ON A STRING - England centre Manu Tuilagi was forced to apologise for giving PM David Cameron 'bunny ears'.

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ALL BY MYSELF. DON'T WANNA BE... - Kenyan rally driver Carl Tundo sits on the bonnet of the Ford Escort Mark 2 after a mechanical problem, on in the fourth day of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Rally in Nairobi.

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WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME? - "Adverse conditions" was a bit of an understatement for the 2014 World Cup qualifying match between Colombia and Ecuador.

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I WANT MY BAT TO BE GOOD - Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp breaks his bat during MLB action.

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BEND ME, SHAPE ME, ANY WAY YOU WANT ME - A rampaging bull somehow managed to remove this man's trousers and underpants before goring him several times at the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. The man - a 31-year-old Spaniard - somehow received only minor injuries.

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YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON - Participants finish the 17th annual Wreck Beach 5km Bare Buns Run on Wreck Beach, Vancouver.The annual run raises public awareness of the wholesomeness of naturism and is always held at the clothing-optional Wreck Beach.

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WHERE DID YOU GET THAT HAT? - Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France perform at the gala exhibition during ISU Bompard Trophy event at Bercy in Paris.

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I BELIEVE I CAN FLY - A member of the Flying Dubs, an acrobatic dunk team of the Golden State Warriors, performs before their NBA Global Game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing.

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TRAGEDY - AC Milan's goalkeeper Christian Abbiati fails to save a free kick shot by Juventus' Andrea Pirlo during their Italian Serie A match at the Juventus stadium in Turin, October 6, 2013.

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HE'S GOT PRETTY LASER EYES - Fans of Egypt's Al-Ahli disgrace themselves by shining laser lights in the face of the poor goalkeeper of South Africa's Orlando Pirates Senzo Meyiwa during their African Champions League final.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Phil 'The Power' Taylor on his way to an 11th Grand Prix of Darts title at the weekend. And kudos to the photographer for keeping the champion in focus in the face of all sorts of distractions. Like, er, his opponent's yellow shirt for instance.

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HE'S FIT, HE'S FIT, BUT DON'T HE KNOW IT - Cristiano Ronaldo gives himself the thumbs up while launching his new range of underwear.

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IT'S RAINING, MEN - The incendiary Belgrade derby got too much for one fan, who stripped off just in time to get a soaking from the riot police's water cannon.

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WHO'S THAT BOY? - Sean Buxton briefly became Chelsea's most famous fan when he ended up sitting next to Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese manager got sent to the stands during a match.

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SHE'S A LADY - Diana Nyad , 64, completes her swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida, without a shark cage - becoming the first person to do so, after several attempts.

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WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE - Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gausman is congratulated by team-mates after picking up his first win in traditional style: a shaving cream pie to the face and a pitcher of ice over his head.

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THE HOKEY COKEY - And finally, the rubber-faced Phil Jones puts both hands in as he produces one of his many extraordinary expressions.