How Fast Is Usain Bolt Vs an Average Human’s Speed?

Published 10/08/2021, 2:12 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


The greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt, once completed a 100-meter race in just 9.58 seconds. Ever since, he is regarded as the fastest man on earth, with no athlete even coming close to that timing.

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If we convert his fastest speed into miles per hour, it averages to be about 28 miles. Undoubtedly, it would require decades of practice and effort to even get close to that blazing speed.

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Can an average human beat Bolt’s personal best?

For an average person to beat Bolt’s top speed is something they could only dream of. In the hilarious video, while the host jokes that it would take him more than 9.58 secs to even stand up, a girl adds that she would probably compete with Bolt’s speed if there was a pizza at the finishing line.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Before starting off, Bolt advises the crowd with some of his own personal tips and tricks. He also spoke about arm action to the audience in attendance.

“Listen, people, the best chance you have is no chance. That’s the first thing. Arm action is key. You’ve got to work those arms. You’ve got to stay focused, drive and work. Stay focused on the goal in hand,” said the Olympic star.

The flock gave their best to at least get close to Bolt’s personal best, but none could do that. Even for those with experience in track and field, crossing the finishing line within 10 seconds seemed impossible.

Regardless of the result, Bolt was happy about the fact that everyone tried their best.

“It was just some regular people, trying to beat my time. It was horrible. They tried though and that’s the key thing. But they did well. I could see the effort in their face. They were working it and that’s the key thing. You know what I mean? That’s what we do: hard work. We got it done,” said Bolt. 

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Usain Bolt says his first sports choice was Cricket

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To much surprise, the fastest man on earth was an amazing cricketer back in the day. He played as a fast bowler during his preteen ages.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

“In cricket, when I bowled, I could come down on the wicket hard, with speed and I was quick in the field… At the age of eight, I was taking wickets of cricketers a lot older than me, guys that were 10 or 11 years old,” said the Jamaican sprinter.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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