Monday 19 February 2018

James Corden races Usain Bolt in 100m sprint - but who wins?

James Corden racing Usain Bolt. Image: The Late Late Show/CBS
James Corden racing Usain Bolt. Image: The Late Late Show/CBS
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

What happens when you race the self-proclaimed fastest man in the world against the actual fastest man in the world?

James Corden challenged himself to race nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt in the latest episode of The Late Late Show – and you can guess what happened next.

The entire staff of the show, Bolt, Corden and, randomly, Owen Wilson lined up in the CBS car park for a 100m sprint in “the race sports fans have been waiting for.”

Wearing knee-high socks, a Jamaica sports top and tight shorts, Corden stood chest-height against Bolt, ready to race.

The sprint got off to a rocky start, with Wilson trying to get ahead before the whistle blew.

Eventually, the “athletes” started the race and Bolt breezed through to the finish line, leaving his competitors behind him.

Corden, who dubbed himself “the self-proclaimed fastest man in the world,” came in 20th place.

“I would have liked to be in the top 15,” he said. “But it’s not my day, that’s the life of an athlete," while Wilson blamed his performance on jet lag and "a bit of a cold."

Bolt celebrated his victory draped in the Jamaican flag, saying: “Number one, all day every day.”

Corden wasn’t too happy with losing to Bolt, however, and took to Twitter to tell his followers a different result.

“I just destroyed Usain Bolt in a 100 meter sprint. He didn't stand a chance.”

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