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Friday was World Photo Day. According to World Photo Day’s website, August 19 is the day the photographic process known as the Daguerreotype was patented in 1839.
The first World Photo Day was in 2009.
World Photo Day allows people to “celebrate their passion for photography.”
On World Photo Day, many people are posting their favorite photos with the hashtag #worldphotoday. That includes photos from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
One photo many people liked came from the qualifying part of the men’s 200-meter race. Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica was pictured smiling as he crossed the finish line ahead of the other runners.
Many people wondered how photographers were able to catch such an image.
Another great photo came from a women’s wrestling gold medal match. Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai celebrated her victory in the 63-kilogram class by throwing her coach to the floor. It was a surprising and different way to celebrate.
Many wrestlers lift their coach up onto their shoulders instead. But do not worry, Kawai did that, too.
Earlier in the week, another image from Rio caught the world’s attention. During a 5-kilometer race, American runner Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand had an accident. The runners’ feet touched and both athletes fell to the ground.
Both Hamblin and D’Agostino looked hurt. But they helped each other up and kept running. It turned out D’Agostino had a severe knee injury. She crossed the finish line far behind the other runners. D’Agostino was not able to continue in the Olympics.
Many people said the picture of the two women helping each other up was the perfect example of the Olympic spirit.
Another dramatic moment came in the women’s 400-meter race. Allyson Felix of the United States was in the lead with just a few meters to go. But at the last second, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dove over the finish line to win the gold medal.
Miller’s dive was legal, and she became the Olympic champion.
Of course, no World Photo Day would be complete without people sharing photos of their cats. So here is a photo of a cat in bed.
And that’s What’s Trending Today.
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Peter Heinlein was the editor.
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Words in This Story
patent – n. an official document that gives a person or company the right to be the only one that makes or sells a product for a certain period of time
passion – n. a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
qualify – v. to have the skills that are required or do the things that are required to become a member of a team or to be allowed in a competition
spirit – n. a shared attitude or feeling that relates to a particular time, place, activity, etc. — often + of
dramatic – adj. greatly affecting people's emotions