Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sport: Bellerin Betters Bolt?

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is obviously quick, but it turns out the young Spanish full-back is actually capable of matching and outrunning 100m world record holder Usain Bolt over a short distance. A feat made all the sweeter for Gunners fans given "Lightning" Bolt's known affiliations to Manchester United

Bellerin clocked a 40m sprint time of 4.42 seconds earlier this season and it has been revealed that this time is actually faster than Bolt ran over the first 40m when he set the current world record at 9.58s in 2009.
The Jamaican icon's split time for the same distance in that race came in at 4.64s, practically sloth-like when compared to the Gunners' speedster.

Bolt set that world record at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin's famous Olympiastadion, the same week that he also shattered his own record over 200m.

Together with his Jamaican colleagues, he also holds the 4x100m relay world record, set at the 2012 Olympics in London.
It was only a few months ago that Bellerin officially became the fastest player at Arsenal, beating Theo Walcott's previous club record in the 40m sprint. It all came as quite a surprise to Bellerin though, who apparently had little idea quite how fast he is.

"Beating the record was at the beginning of the season and was really unexpected. There was a bit of banter, and he (Walcott) is trying to beat me now, so we will see what happens," the 20-year-old recently said.

"He was really close, I did not beat it by that much, but he still needs to beat me!"

Having played just once for Arsenal before this season, Bellerin has been given his chance in the first-team as a result of the injuries suffered by Mathieu Debuchy and is certainly grabbing the opportunity with both hands.

He's appeared 21 times in all competitions since bursting onto the scene in the Champions League in September - playing 90 minutes against Borussia Dortmund. The defender made his Premier League debut against Hull a month later and has been a regular since January.

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