Usain Bolt vs Kylian Mbappe: Track legend supports World Athletics shady viral post

Usain Bolt vs Kylian Mbappe: Track legend supports World Athletics shady viral post

Funmilayo Fameso 22:02 - 08.03.2024

With the Kylian Mbappe vs Usain Bolt saga still ongoing, here's how World Athletics reacted and how a track legend is in support.

World's fastest man in history Usain Bolt has been in the headlines since UK-based media firm BBC Sport compared his 100m speed with PSG star Kylian Mbappe.

BBC Sport aroused track fans' anger with their X post comparing football star Mbappe's 100m speed to that of the legendary Usain Bolt.

Kylian Mbappe | IMAGO

The post stated that Mbappe's 100m time at 10.9 seconds was just over a second slower than Bolt's World Record of 9.58s.

This ignited a lot of conversations, especially from athletics enthusiasts, who understand the magnanimous difference between both times and using 'just over a second slower' was disrespectful to Bolt's record and legacy in the event.

Despite Mbappe's status as one of the fastest men in football, he remains way behind the extraordinary Bolt. According to the Olympic website, Bolt reached a staggering top speed of 47.72km/h when he set the 100m world record at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, which is roughly 29.65mph - an outrageous number.

Seeing how viral the post became, it was expected for Bolt to see it and respond, which he did.

Usain Bolt after setting the 100m WR at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin

 "I know I was laughing when I saw it. The girls are running faster than that [10.9]," he said after chatting to @jumpers_world founder Andreas Trajkovski.

Then the World Athletics joined in the conversation by making a shady post on their social media pages.

"10.90? That's cute" 

Which Bolt shared on his Insta story, confirming that he agrees with what World Athletics posted.

Usain Bolt shared World Athletics shady post on his Insta story