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Gallery: Top photographers share their favourite Olympic snaps

5 Aug 1992: Terrence Parker (top) of New Zealand pins down Chris Campbell (bottom) of the USA during the Light-Heavyweight (up to 90 kilograms) Freestyle Wrestling event at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Campbell went on to win the bronzemedal. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

As the Rio Olympics coincides with the 40th anniversary of City’s Journalism Department, XCity has collaborated with some top sports photographers to collect their favourite images from past Olympics.

We all remember Usain Bolt’s arm stretch, Kelly Holmes winning gold and Mo Farah’s astounding performance at London 2012, but here are some snaps you might have missed over the years:

5 Aug 1992: Terrence Parker (top) of New Zealand pins down Chris Campbell (bottom) of the USA during the Light-Heavyweight (up to 90 kilograms) Freestyle Wrestling event at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Campbell went on to win the bronzemedal. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport
BARCELONA 1992: Terrence Parker of New Zealand pins down Chris Campbell of the USA during the Light-Heavyweight (up to 90 kilograms) Freestyle Wrestling. Campbell went on to win the bronze medal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Allsport)
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor (L) of Great Britain compete in the men's synchronised diving 10 metre platform event on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre Indoor Pool at the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
ATHENS 2004: Great Britain’s Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor compete in the men’s synchronised diving 10m platform event at the Aquatic Centre Indoor Pool at the Olympic Sports Complex. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BEIJING - AUGUST 22: Competitor's race in the Women's BMX semifinal run held at the Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross Venue during Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BEIJING 2008: Competitors race in the Women’s BMX semifinal run held at the Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross Venue during day 14 of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
20 FEB 1992: A SKATER SPEEDS ROUND A BEND DURING THE 10000M SPEED SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1992 WINTER OLYMPICS HELD IN ALBERTVILLE. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT
ALBERTVILLE 1992: A skater speeds round a bend during the 10000m speed skating competition. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT)
WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 19: Peter Fill of Italy crashes at the last gate in the men's alpine skiing Super-G on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Creekside on February 19, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
WHISTLER 2010: Peter Fill of Italy crashes at the last gate in the men’s alpine skiing Super-G on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

For top photographers telling the story behind some of their best Olympic photos, be sure to read this year’s XCity.