Usain Bolt laughs off 40 metre claim from this Arsenal player

The Jamaican sprinter has responded to reports last year that Hector Bellerin is faster than him over 40 metres.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has responded to suggestions that Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is faster than him over a distance of 40 metres, telling Eurosport that the stories "make him laugh".

It was reported last year that the young Spaniard had set a time of just 4.42 seconds, which would comfortably beat the 4.64 seconds it took Bolt to cover the first 40 metres of his current 100 metre world record time, set in 2009.

Allegedly, that would have put Bellerin a full two metres ahead of the world champion at the 40 metre mark in that race, but Bolt suggested that being quick off the mark over very short distances is more useful to a footballer than a sprinter.

Choosing to see the funny side of the reports, the 29-year-old cheekily challenged any footballer who fancied having a go at besting Bolt's crowning achievement.

Bolt told Eurosport: "These stories make me laugh.

"Footballers are very fast over the first 10-20m - that is what they train for. I train to be fast over 100m or 200m. I have not heard of any footballer who can break 10 seconds for the 100m."

Whether or not he is quicker off the mark than the athlete described as the world's fastest man, Bellerin has enjoyed a rise to prominence at the Emirates Stadium in recent years.

The 20-year-old, who joined the club from Barcelona's academy in 2011, has started 41 Premier League matches for the club since making his top-flight debut in October 2014.

His impressive performances and work ethic have seen him establish himself as a regular for Arsene Wenger's side, and he has featured 29 time in all competitions during the current campaign.

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