Cynthia Valdez: Picture of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Cynthia Valdez

Every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper,
Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite
image of the week.

Here, Andy chooses this capture of Cynthia Valdez as his standout selection…

This is Mexican gymnast Cynthia Valdez in a classic peak-of-the-action shot during the London Prepares series at the O2 Arena.

To capture Cynthia leaping six foot off the ground I positioned myself at the back of the stands for a clean background and waited for the jump.

With performances lasting under two minutes and the gymnasts only jumping once or twice, you have to be ready.

The timing of this picture is perfect. Cynthia is at the top of her jump, her right leg is perfectly extended and her left leg is up behind her head.

The hoop she is using is pointing down and helps to show how high she has jumped.

Nikon D3
Lens 400mm
Exposure 1/2000th of a sec at F2.8
ISO 2000

Cynthia Valdez