Puma Compares Usain Bolt’s Speed to Nike Star Kylian Mbappe in an Athletic Meet

Published 10/01/2021, 1:37 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)


Recently at a conference, PUMA compared Usain Bolt’s world record speed of 100m in 9.58 seconds, to French sensation, Kylian Mbappe’s 37.6km/h pace. However, could Mbappe really outrun the fastest man on earth? 

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The World Cup winner, Mbappe, clocked an impressive top speed of 38 KMPH, which is 23.6mph. At this speed, he could complete a 100m run in 9.49 seconds, beating Bolt’s record of 9.58.

Kylian Mbappe faster than Usain Bolt?

At Euro 2021, Mbappe clocked a top speed of 37.6 km/h, displaying his heroics against football giants, Germany. Notably, Usain Bolt had run at an average of 37.58 km/h to complete the victorious 100m race, but above all reached a peak of 44km/h.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 11: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, 2020 in Paris, France. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

During his Berlin run, Bolt’s speed left Mbappe far behind, as the Jamaican sprinter clocked a top speed of 27.8 mph. Again, Mbappe achieved his speed in a print from outside of the center circle. This is outside the penalty area, which is less than the 55-meter point at which elite sprinters reach optimum pace.

Now, Bolt’s approximate top speed is between 30 and 40 meters and comes in at 25.7 mph, while Mbappe’s true top speed could be around 25.4mph. In the most simple words, this proves that there’s no beating the ‘Lightning Bolt.’

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Usain Bolt’s return

Although sprinting legend Usain Bolt might have retired in 2017, he admitted he still has that urge to compete. However, his coach advised him to stick to his retirement ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Notably, Bolt too accepted that it was indeed too late for him to make a comeback.

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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)

After his retirement, Bolt has pursued his passion for football and music. Only recently, he released his reggae album, ‘Country Yutes’, along with his best friend, Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker. 

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