More than 6,600 athletes, representing 71 nations and territories, descended on Australia’s Gold Coast earlier this month for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Over the course of 11 days, the world was treated to a display of elite competition across 18 sports and seven para-sports — bringing with it a stream of grit, glory, and compelling images. Getty Images has curated a selection of photos of athletes giving it their all, some of which have captured the action in unexpected ways.

Have a look at them here.

(Featured image by Mark Kolbe)