Usain Bolt: Jamaican Sprint Icon Laughs Off Kylian Mbappe Comparisons After Speed Feat

Usain Bolt: Jamaican Sprint Icon Laughs Off Kylian Mbappe Comparisons After Speed Feat

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at March 7, 2024 at 6:31 AM
  • Kylian Mbappe ran 100m in 10.90 seconds on Tuesday
  • The PSG star was compared to record holder, Usain Bolt
  • The Jamaican legend has responded to the comparisons

Kylian Mbappe ran 100 metres in 10.90 seconds during Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League clash against Real Sociedad.

His time was compared to the world record of 9.58 seconds set by Usain Bolt in 2009. The 37-year-old has responded to that comparison.

Usain Bolt, Kylian Mbappe, Jamaica, PSG, Champions League, France
Usain Bolt's 100m world record is unlikely to be broken anytime soon, particularly not by Kylian Mbappe. Photos by John Giles/PA Images and David S. Bustamante/Soccrates.
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Mbappe is known as one of the fastest players in football, and when he runs fast on the pitch, he is compared to Bolt, who is the fastest man alive.

BBC Sport elicited reactions from fans on social media after they said the French captain's time of 10.90 seconds was 'not far off' Bolt's 9.58 seconds.

The Jamaican sprint legend had a fixed start on the track, while Mbappe registered that time on a football pitch.

Hypothetically, reducing that time from 10.90 to 9.58 would need serious training for the footballer. Three sprinters, including Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Tyson Gay, have run under 9.70 seconds.

Moreover, Mbappe's time is the 63rd fastest in the women's all-time list. The fastest woman alive is Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Bolt responds to Mbappe comparisons

According to Athletics Weekly, Bolt was asked about the comparison to the Frenchman, and he outright dismissed it.

"I know I was laughing when I saw it. The girls are running faster than that [10.9]."

The Jamaican legend set the 100m and 200m world record at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin. He clocked 19.19 seconds in the 200m, a record that still stands.

He has also won multiple gold and Olympic titles, making him one of the most decorated track and field athletes ever.

Bolt on his world record

Sports Brief earlier reported what it would take to break Bolt's 100m and 200m records.

The Jamaican sprint legend shone from 2008 until his retirement from the sport in 2017.

Bolt stepped away with eight Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship victories.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.