Who is really faster? 3D simulation pits Kylian Mbappe racing against Usain Bolt and American Football star Tyreek Hill

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ATHLETICS Who is really faster? 3D simulation pits Kylian Mbappe racing against Usain Bolt and American Football star Tyreek Hill

Mark Kinyanjui 16:00 - 20.03.2024

A simulation has put Usain Bolt in a head-to-head race with Kylian Mbappe and Tyreek Hill to confirm who is actually the fastest.

Earlier this month, there was a stir on social media after a claim was made that Kylian Mbappe nearly ran as fast as Usain Bolt when he broke the 100m world record in 2009.

Mbappe is widely regarded as one of the fastest footballers. He recently clocked an estimated speed of 10.9 seconds over 100m, over a second slower than Bolt’s world-record time of 9.58 seconds.

The comparison was made by popular UK state broadcaster BBC Sport posting the 100m speed of Mbappe as 10.9 seconds, which is “just over a second”  slower than Bolt's world record of 9.58 seconds.

However, his time could not even rank him in the top five fastest women in the world and therefore he is ranked joint-63rd on the women's 100m all-time list.

Now, a simulation by MotionAthlete has emerged pitting Mbappe in a race with Usain Bolt and American Football speedstar Tyreek Hill.

Making a flying start while kicking the ball, Mbappe clocked in at 10.9 seconds while running with the ball, but ran 11.05 having made a standing start.

Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill has clocked a personal best speed of 10.19 seconds in a standing start, but a clocking start of 10.25 seconds. Racing against Mbappe, he beat him by a second.

The simulation then put Bolt in a head to head race with both when he ran that record-breaking time, and he beat both players by a huge margin.

Bolt had admitted at laughing when he saw claims Mbappe was on the verge of running as fast as the Jamaican sprint legend.

When asked about the comparisons, Bolt said: “I was laughing when I saw it. The girls are running faster than that." The Jamaican was speaking to long jumper and founder of Jumpers World, Andreas Trajkovski.

Bolt had also mocked Hill back in 2022 after the Kansas City wide receiver had claimed he was faster.

There was talk of both going in a head-to-head race, but Bolt said he would not want to compete with Hill after he saw the NFL star fall in a sprint with Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons.

"He's not ready," Bolt said of Hill. "He got beaten by some linebacker! He ain't ready for this!"

Below is the full video pitting all three athletes in a simulation.