Team GB sprinter Richard Kilty has rubbished claims that England rugby winger Jonny May could beat Usain Bolt in a race.
In an article by The Telegraph, rugby correspondent Gavin Mairs said that May ran 10.49 meters per second or 23 miles per hour in a recent speed test during a rehabilitation session from a hamstring injury.
Mairs went on to hint that May could run 100m in 9.53 seconds; 0.05 seconds faster than Bolt’s world record.
For anyone who is interested in track and field, the idea that a rugby player could smash the 100m world record is farcical.
Jamie Fox, Head Of Communications at Harlequin FC, was keen to set up a race between May and Kilty, the 2014 World 60m champion and 2017 European 60m champion. Understandably Kilty was unimpressed by the superhuman speed May is purported to possess.
A few years ago, a similar article emerged which suggested that Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin could beat Bolt over the first 40m of a 100m race.
Kilty subsequently challenged Bellerin to a race, betting £30000 that he could beat the Arsenal star over any sprint distance.
Now it’s time we put all these ridiculous claims to rest and set up a race between Kilty and May, Bellerin or any other sportsperson who the media think can beat the fastest man on the planet.
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