Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt has laughed off claims that Hector Bellerin and other footballers are faster than him over 40 metres.
The Jamaican athlete will be aiming to complete the unprecedented ‘triple triple’ at the Summer Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro later this year by taking gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events.
However, his title ‘as the fastest man alive’, has been under threat recently from a very unlikely source.
Arsenal’s young right-back Hector Bellerin has been clocked at a higher speed than Bolt over the course of 40m but Bolt has dismissed claims that the 20-year-old is anywhere near as quick as him.
“These stories make me laugh,” Bolt said jokingly to Eurosport. “Footballers are very fast over the first 10-20m – that is what they train for. I train to be fast over 100m or 200m.”
Although Bellerin cannot hold a light to Bolt on the track but the Spaniard has become a real sensation since he Arsene Wenger made him his first choice right-back at the Emirates.
In 24 Premier League games this season for the Gunners, Bellerin has completed 36 out of 58 attempted take ons in the top flight, this proving that he has the need for speed.
Tuesday night is set to be one of the toughest tests for Bellerin in his young career so far, as he and the rest of the Arsenal defence, will be tasked with stopping the unbelievable force of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez from Barcelona.
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