AP PHOTOS: Medal worthy Olympians, caught in motion

Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_97269 Athletes compete during the track cycling women's keirin at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Izu, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_11595 Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan of China compete in the duet technical routine at the the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_21298 Runners compete in a heat of the men's 5,000-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_74698 Brazil's Gabriel Medina rides a wave during a training session at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, at Tsurigasaki beach in Ichinomiya, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_93897 Anita Blaze of France, right, and Arianna Errigo of Italy compete in the women's individual Foil semifinal competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Chiba, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_16396 Miltiadis Tentoglou, of Greece, competes in men's long jump final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_70842 Sofiia Lyskun of Ukraine competes in women's diving 10-meter platform preliminary at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_77360 Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands tumbles on a downhill during the men's cross country mountain bike competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Izu, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_77380 Flora Duffy, of Bermuda, runs during the women's triathlon competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_26959 Players race for the ball at the start of a preliminary round men's water polo match between Hungary and Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_05103 Mexico's Dallas Escobedo pitches during a softball game against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_10275 Runners compete in a heat of the women's 5,000-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_97954 Kyra Condie, left, of the United States, races against Aleksandra Miroslaw, of Poland, during the speed qualification portion of the women's sport climbing competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_20017 Sara Kolak, of Croatia, competes in qualifications for the women's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_95678 Argentina players warm up before a men's field hockey match against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_08521 Pamela Ware, of Canada, competes in women's diving 3-meter springboard preliminary at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_56674 Spain's Daniel Sarmiento Melian scores during the men's preliminary round group A handball match between Spain and Argentina at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_75955 Spain's Begona Garcia Grau, left, drives the ball past China's Jinrong Zhang, right, during a women's field hockey match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_97506 Chizuru Arai, of Japan, left, and Clarisse Agbegnenou of France compete during their gold medal match in team judo competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_29025 Han Da-kyung, of South Korea, swims in a heat during the women's 1500-meter freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_89699 Runners compete in a heat of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_53341 Swimmers dive in for the final of the men's 400-meter freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo_Olympics_Medal_Worthy_Motion_Photo_Gallery_54726 Germany's Dorothee Schneider, riding Showtime FRH, competes in the equestrian dressage individual final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo.
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TOKYO (AP) — A lifetime of work, and it can go in a blur.

On the track, in the air, underwater, from the mound — Olympians are built for moving fast. In the briefest flash, much can be revealed.

Slow the shutter speed just a tick and see the focus-amid-chaos as Spain’s Daniel Sarmiento Melien leaps for a handball shot.

As a competitor prepares to whiz by, mountain biker Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands comes to a unintentional halt, tumbling to the ground while his ride flies off.

Runners in the mens’ 5,000-meters with their feet fuzzy beneath them. A swirl of splashes and outstretched arms around an up-for-grabs ball at water polo. The stillness of Dallas Escobedo’s head as the Mexican softballer spins her arm around to deliver a pitch.

Caught in motion for a lasting moment.

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