Weightlifting - Commonwealth Games Day 3

These Commonwealth Games Photos Will Make You Look Twice

Capturing the wild and wonderful world of sports.

Earlier this month, more than 5,000 athletes, representing 71 nations and territories, descended on Australia's Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Over the course of 12 days, the world is being treated to a display of elite competition across 18 sports and seven para-sports — bringing with it a seemingly endless supply of grit, glory, and gorgeous images. From the weird to the well-timed, here's a look at the must-see shots so far...

Purple Haze Matt Roberts/Getty Images Purple Haze There's nothing common about the shades of purple engulfing Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen during an 0-2 loss to venkata Pusarla of India in the women's badminton round of 16. Silhou-wet Clive Rose/Getty Images Silhou-wet Canada's Caeli McKay makes a stunning landing in her preliminary 10m platform dive. Drops of Pain Jason O'Brien/Getty Images Drops of Pain Kenyan boxer Nicholas Okoth bleeds from a cut above the eye in his opening bout. Like a Brit Out of Water Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Like a Brit Out of Water Adam Peaty powers through the pool en route to Commonwealth gold in the 100m breaststroke. Head Shot Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Head Shot Rhikesh Taucoory of Mauritius may have lost his table tennis match to Scotland's Craig Howieson, but it wasn't for a lack of focus. Constantly Revolving Hannah Peters/Getty Images Constantly Revolving A member of Cyprus' men's gymnastics team trains on, over, and around the parallel bars. Waist Deep Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Waist Deep Australia's Cameron McEvoy takes the plunge for his 100m freestyle heat. Meeting of the Minds Scott Barbour/Getty Images Meeting of the Minds Thomas Cicchini of Australia (right) and George Ramm of England grapple in round two of the 57 kg freestyle wrestling. Vaulty Eye Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Vaulty Eye Rianna Mizzen of Australia stays focused during the women's team artistic gymnastics final. Smoke 'Em if You Shot 'Em Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Smoke 'Em if You Shot 'Em British shooter Jack Fairclough clears his barrel in the men's skeet final. X-Wing Flyer Quinn Rooney/Getty Images X-Wing Flyer Madeline Groves locks S-foils in attack position as she makes her run to silver in the women's 100m butterfly. Playing Through ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Playing Through Thankfully for silver medal winner Kelsey-Lee Roberts of Australia, javelin is less dangerous than it may appear. White-Hot Pursuit Ryan Pierse/Getty Images White-Hot Pursuit Team New Zealand speeds around Anna Meares Velodrome in the men's cycling 4,000m pursuit qualifiers. The 'Ol Hidden Head Trick WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images The 'Ol Hidden Head Trick A rythmic gymnast never reveals her secrets, so don't bother asking Cyprus' Viktoria Skittidi how she pulled off this illusion.