By Robert Johnson
February 6, 2019
By now you have likely heard that over the weekend legendary sprinter Usain Bolt showed up at the Super Bowl festivities in Atlanta and ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash, which would tie the NFL Combine record of John Ross set in 2017. Don’t believe it.
When I first heard that Bolt had allegedly done this, I almost immediately thought to myself, that sounds too good to be true. And the #1 thing I’ve learned in sports over the last 20 years is that if something seems too good to be true in sports, it almost always is too good to be true.
Bolt’s 4.22 seemed unrealistic to me for a number of reasons. For starters, simple probability. The odds of tying any time down to the exact one-hundredth of a second are very, very high. Plus he wasn’t even wearing cleats. And then when you realize that everyone wins with a tie, it truly seems to be good to be true.
Bolt wins as he still appears fast even though he’s retired. The NFL wins as Bolt didn’t break their record and he gave them a ton of free publicity in parts of the world where the NFL isn’t a big sport.
So, this morning I got out my stopwatch and timed Bolt’s run five times. I never had it faster than 4.59 seconds.
See for yourself (The two times in the video were 4.70 and 4.59 and then I did it three more times off camera at 4.59, 4.66 and 4.60):
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