On your mark, get set, medal: Best track-and-field photos from the Tokyo Olympics

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-TOKYO,JAPAN July 30, 2021: Ukraine's Olha Golodna competes in the women's shot put qualifying at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times)
-TOKYO,JAPAN July 30, 2021: Ukraine's Olha Golodna competes in the women's shot put qualifying at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times) (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, right, and silver medalist Dalilah Muhammed celebrate after the 400-meter hurdles.
Sydney McLaughlin, right, celebrates her gold medal with fellow American and silver medalist Dalilah Muhammed in the 400-meter hurdles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Germany's Julian Weber chooses his javelin during javelin qualifying.
Germany's Julian Weber chooses his weapon during javelin qualifying. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
An athlete stands in the shade before the start of the men's javelin throw.
An athlete stands in the shade before the start of the men's javelin throw. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Moldova's Anddrian Mardare makes a throw in the men's javelin throw qualification.
Moldova's Anddrian Mardare makes a throw in the men's javelin throw qualification. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
-Sweden's Armand Duplantis celebrates after clearing the bar to win the gold medal in the pole vault.
Sweden's Armand Duplantis celebrates after clearing the bar to win the gold medal in the pole vault. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Qatar's Mutaz Barshim does a back flip as he loses his sunglasses.
Qatar's Mutaz Barshim does a back flip as he loses his sunglasses at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Barshim won the gold medal. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Britain's Alexandra Bell hugs Jamaica's Natoya Goule, foreground, after the 800-meter final.
Britain's Alexandra Bell hugs Jamaica's Natoya Goule, foreground, after the 800-meter final. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi celebrates his gold medal in the high jump by holding a cast from an ankle injury.
Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi celebrates his gold medal in the high jump by holding a cast from an ankle injury. Barshim won the gold medal. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
A female runner spreads her fingers and, holding her head back, shouts up at the sky.
Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, left, reacts after defeating Team USA's Kendra Harrison in the 100m hurdles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Kajetan Duszynski crosses the finish line first for team Poland and capture the 4X400 relay mixed race.
Kajetan Duszynski crosses the finish line first for team Poland and capture the 4X400 relay mixed race. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Luca Kozak sits on the track, holding her hands to her face.
Hungary's Luca Kozak becomes emotional after falling in the semifinal of the 100m hurdles. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Maykel Massó, on his back, grimaces as dirt flies up around him.
Cuba's Maykel Massó lands in the sand pit in the men's long jump final. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A closeup of women's hands, fingertips pressed into the ground, and one woman's braid, at the starting line.
The Netherlands' Nadine Visser lines up at the start of the women's 100m hurdles. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A man is bent midair; the background is blurry.
Brazil's Augusto Dutra clears the bar in the men's pole vault qualifying competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Competitors race down the back stretch in the 1,500m race.
Competitors race down the back stretch in the 1,500m race. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
A man with a flag draped around his shoulders runs on the track past Olympic rings.
Ethiopia's Selemon Barega carries the flag of his country after winning gold in the men's 10,000m final. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
With a wet track, Uganda's Stephen Kissa leads the pack early in the race in the men's 10,000 final.
With a wet track, Uganda's Stephen Kissa leads the pack early in the race in the men's 10,000 final. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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