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Chris Johnson could probably beat Usain Bolt in a race, says Chris Johnson

08.09.12 at 10:46 am ET
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At the 2008 NFL combine, Titans running back Chris Johnson ran a 4.24 40-yard dash, officially the combine’s fastest time ever.

In 2009 alone, the former high school track star had three touchdown runs of 85 yards or more. No other running back in league history has that many in their entire career..

So Johnson, 26, wants to try his luck against the fastest man ever, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Johnson told the Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, he thinks he could probably beat Bolt – in a short sprint anyways.

“I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different,” Johnson said. “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.”

Johnson’s contention that he could be Bolt in the 40 may not be as absurd as it sounds. At 6’5”, Bolt’s large frame and long strides help him chew up ground like no other sprinter, allowing him take an average of 41 steps over the course of the 100 meters, compared to 44 for his competitors.

However, that big body makes Bolt a relatively slow starter out of the blocks. Even in his Olympic record setting performance in the 100-meter finals in London this week, Bolt was actually in sixth place approximately halfway through the race.

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