What is Usain Bolt’s 40-yard Dash Time?
People have been talking about the world’s fastest sprinter Usain Bolt in terms of his speed on a “40-YARD” track. Actually it’s the football fanatics that keep on asking on how fast Usain Bolt would cover 40 yards. 40 yards is some form of a special gauge in playing football. It is an arbitrary number and is considered a guide distance on how fast a football player can run. Many argue that football players are trained to run 40 yards in a time that can match, if not surpass, that of sprinters like Usain Bolt.
Using different calculations, Usain Bolt’s supposed time for 40 yards vary from under 4 seconds to a little over 4 seconds. Usain Bolt didn’t literally run a 40-yard race, but many people have given their own estimates based on his times for other races like his world record in 100m. Splitting his times and converting the distance from meters to yards, some would claim that Usain Bolt’s time at 40 yards is 4.1 seconds. Others have it at around 4.2-4.3 seconds. Some people used his 200m world record to get Bolt’s time in 40 yards. And by splitting time and distances, people come up with an average of 3.53 seconds for the 40-yard distance. Whether you get the split times from Bolt’s 100 or 200m world records, one would still come up with either 3.53 seconds (using 200m time as guide) and 4.2 or 4.3 seconds (using 100m time as guide). And when you compare these times with 4.24 seconds, which is the official fastest NFL time for a 40-yard dash, one could say that football players are at par or even faster than that of sprinters like Usain Bolt.
Many football fans argue that a normal football player would run faster than a sprinter like Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash. This is simply because sprinters are trained to gain top speeds a little later than most people. This is due to the fact that their acceleration time is longer. Unlike football players or novice runners, top speed is reached sooner rather than later. And since the distance in question is a short 40 yards, one can imply that football players may “outspeed” sprinters on that mark.