Actor Mickey Rourke Says He Beat Sprinter Usain Bolt in a Street Race [Details]

Rucuss staffJuly 25, 2012

Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt loss a race to an unlikely opponent in London.

Actor Mickey Rourke claims he beat the defending Olympic 100- and 200-meter champion in a street race at 4 a.m. outside a nightclub. Rourke, 59, told Yahoo! Sports that he raced Bolt for 30 meters and managed to hold him off by inches.

“We were outside the Wellington in Central London and it was four in the morning,” Rourke told Yahoo! Sports. “It was just that time of the night, you know, when anything can happen. So I went up to him and I said, ‘Come on, you are the world’s fastest man, let’s go.’ ”

Rourke convinced the world’s fastest man to give him a head start.

“There was a space in the street of about 30 meters,” Rourke said. “I got him to back up about four paces, we set off and I got him by a few inches. We were going to go back into the bar again after I raced Usain but they had closed it down for the night. So it was a pretty good way to end up.”

Bolt, who will compete on the Jamaican team, is the heavy favorite to win both events again at the Olympics.

“Usain was such a sweet guy, just a really cool, endearing guy and it is impossible not to like him,” Rourke said. “There have been so many times when you meet these athletes that you have seen and heard a lot about and most of the time you are disappointed. But he was awesome. I follow track a little bit and I will be rooting for him.”

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