Man behind THAT Usain Bolt photo picks the best sports shots of 2016

As he runs, just ahead of a field of men desperately trying to beat the champion sprinter, Usain Bolt turns and seems to flash a cheeky grin at the camera.

The photo, taken in August at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, quickly became the most recognized sporting photo of the year. The man behind the lens, Cameron Spencer, gave dozens of interviews about how he got the shot — suffice it to say, he's a master photographer.

As part of Getty's Year in Focus 2016, Spencer has handpicked his favorite Australian sporting shots of the year for Mashable.

They're sure to inspire you to achieve some kind of sporting prowess in 2017. Or failing that, to pick up a camera.

See Cameron Spencer's picks for best sporting shots of 2016: