Usain Bolt vs Mbappe: Sprint King Gives Final Answer on What Will Happen When He Races PSG Star

Usain Bolt vs Mbappe: Sprint King Gives Final Answer on What Will Happen When He Races PSG Star

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 23, 2024 at 5:36 PM
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  • Usain Bolt has given a definitive response about racing PSG star Kylian Mbappe
  • The Frenchman is one of the fastest footballers, clocking 10.9 sec in a game
  • However, his time is a far cry from Bolt's impressive 100m record of 9.59 sec

Usain Bolt has provided a clear response regarding the outcome of a hypothetical race against Paris Saint-Germain's superstar Kylian Mbappe.

The Jamaican sprint legend, widely acknowledged as the greatest sprinter of all time, has frequently been compared to Mbappe due to the footballer's remarkable speed.

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Usain Bolt is confident of beating PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe in a 100-metre dash. Photos by Ian MacNicol and Alex Caparros.
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How fast is Kylian Mbappe?

Mbappe, the French national team captain, is undeniably one of the fastest players in football, drawing comparisons to Bolt following his impressive sprint during a Champions League match against Real Sociedad last month.

While Mbappe's estimated time of 10.9 seconds over 100 metres caused a stir in the football community, athletics enthusiasts remained unmoved.

Is Kylian Mbappe faster than Usain Bolt?

Despite being more than a second slower than Bolt's world-record time of 9.58 seconds, Mbappe's speed does not come close to that of the multiple Olympic champion, particularly considering that female athletes have achieved faster times.

As reported by Pulse Kenya, the 25-year-old's time would not even place him among the top five fastest women in the world, ranking him joint-63rd on the women's 100m all-time list.

Moreover, his time would position him joint-433rd globally when compared to performances by under-18 boys over the past year.

What Usain Bolt said about racing Mbappe

Commenting on Mbappe's exceptional pace, which enables him to unsettle opposing defences, Bolt praised the Frenchman's speed as a "special talent."

“It's difficult to achieve that. People may think it's easy, but he has a special talent. Mbappe is very fast, very fast with the ball,” the 37-year-old retired sprinter told MARCA.
He added with a smile when asked if he would still emerge triumphant in a race with Mbappe: “Yes, I can beat him,” as noted by GOAL.

Why Usain Bolt never pursued his football career

Sports Brief previously explored why Usain Bolt never pursued a professional football career.

Despite his passion for running and football, the Jamaican sprinter never made the transition into professional football, despite speculation after his retirement from sprinting at the age of 37.

After departing from the Australian club Central Coast Mariners in November 2018, approximately two months later, he revealed that he had abandoned his aspiration of becoming a professional footballer.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.