Is Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin faster than Usain Bolt? Well, the six-time Olympic Champion has laughed off such claims.
But record achieved suggested otherwise. According to The Sun, “fleet-footed” Hector Bellerin clocked 4.41secs for the 40metres in training. He beat his own teammate’s, Theo Walcott, club record by “one-hundredth of a second”.
Reports suggested that the “time is quicker than the 4.64secs Bolt clocked on the way to a 100m world record time of 9.58secs in 2009.”
The 20-year-old Spaniard was quoted as saying, “Well I obviously I’d fancy it but there’s nothing I think I could do. Obviously he’s a sprinter and he’s the fastest man in the world.”
“I know I’ve seen a lot of people saying I’m faster than him but it’s always different with a ball at your feet and that’s what my job is about so I would not try and beat him.”
But the 29-year-old Jamaican star, who also holds the 100m as well as 200m World record, wasn’t going to entertain the idea that he could be beaten by the Gunner’s full-back.
Bolt told Eurosport, “These stories make me laugh. Footballers are very fast over the first 10-20m — that is what they train for.”
“I train to be fast over 100m or 200m. I have not heard of any footballer who can break 10 seconds for the 100m.”
Hector is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Arsenal. He also had a loan stint at Watford, and has played internationally for Spain from under-16 to under-21 levels. The young professional is known for his speed and agility.
A BBC report carried last year suggested that he might be faster than Bolt and could easily give the Olympic champ a run for his money.