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How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 2:35PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
When in sprinting shape, no specialized distance training outside of what he already does.

I'd say 4:50. Does two laps in 2:22, fades hard to a 81, closes in 67.

When I did some sprinting in middle school I ran the PE mile much faster than when doing nothing at all. And the amount of training that Olympic sprinters do all day really adds up. But I think you need to work on endurance to get into the 4:40s.
kewliooooo
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 2:40PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
reality check...running distance is REALLY hard for sprinters. ever seen a sprinter on your team atempt a 5k? it is a sad sight
Mos Def
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 2:46PM - in reply to kewliooooo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

kewliooooo wrote:

reality check...running distance is REALLY hard for sprinters. ever seen a sprinter on your team atempt a 5k? it is a sad sight


Not really. Running distance is difficult for pure 100 meter guys, but not so much for 400 meter guys. Remember, Bolt started out as mainly a 400 meter guy. I'm saying 4:35
Fluffy
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 3:18PM - in reply to Mos Def Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
You're nuts.
steve "red"
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 6:03PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Best case scenario 4:20 (no typo)
Worst case scenario 4:59 (he doesn't push very much)
cgrunner2007
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 6:16PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He is in amazing shape and on that alone I bet he could be in the 4:30 range if he pushed hard. But for 5k 19-20mins.
Rec Runner x
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 6:45PM - in reply to cgrunner2007 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
i doubt he could manage 5:30. for the 5k a 22 minutes at best.
LL Cool J
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 7:05PM - in reply to Rec Runner x Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I've seen decathletes run sub-5 off sprinting training. If they can do it so can he. I'm calling 4:45
Could it work?
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 7:07PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
4:35-4:50
Phenom Man
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 7:19PM - in reply to Could it work? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
If athletic middle schoolers with very little training can run sub5, then so can Usain Bolt. I feel like he could run 70s pretty easily considering he was a 400m runner. So I'm gonna say 4:30-4:40
47
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 7:54PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Doesn't anyone look things up?

Bolt ran the mile when he was younger. I'm sure he could be pretty good at it if he trained.
i kinda like running
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 9:24PM - in reply to 47 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I would guess under 5. But no faster than 4:40. He's fast, but he's heavy and probably has poor aerobic fitness. A 70 sec quarter would probably feel very easy for him, but after two laps or so his lack of aerobic fitness would start becoming more evident and he would run a very slow 3rd lap followed by a less than beastly finishing kick in the final lap. My prediction:

400m: 68
800m: 71
1200m: 75
1600m: 73

Mile Time: 4:49 - 4:50
chauncey
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 9:30PM - in reply to Phenom Man Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Phenom Man wrote:

If athletic middle schoolers with very little training can run sub5, then so can Usain Bolt.


Maybe he can run 4:40 and maybe not, but either way this is a terrible argument, and it gets used way too often on this board. It's kind of like saying, "I've seen athletic middle schoolers with very little training dunk a basketball. If they can, so can Galen Rupp."
Med School Runner
RE: How fast could Usain Bolt run the mile? 7/28/2011 10:08PM - in reply to fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'm going to say around 4:20. I knew a sprinter in high school who ran a 4:22 1600m for fun off of pure 200m/400m training (21/47). Since Bolt can run a 44 400m that means he would be way, way under 2:00 for an 800m (probably 1:50 or so). Even at a massive rate of diminishing returns I think he could hit 4:20.