Who knows what Mickey Rourke was doing hanging out with three-time olympic gold medal winning sprinter Usain Bolt, let alone racing him. Turns out, it happened. From the mouth of Rourke himself, Yahoo Sports reports:
“We were outside the Wellington in Central London and it was four in the morning. 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. There was a space in the street of about 30 meters. I got him to back up about four paces, we set off and I got him by a few inches.”
Rourke, 59, called Bolt “cool” and “endearing” and said that he will be rooting for him in the upcoming London games. Rooting for him, and thinking about the time he whooped his ass…
The question is, did Usain let him win? Probably. But it’s the why that matters.
If the world’s fastest man (and one of the most egotistical athletes I’ve seen interviewed) has enough respect or fear to let you win, you’re doing something right.