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Denard Robinson vs. Usain Bolt, who you got?

Michigan quarterback thinks he could challenge world’s fastest man

The Olympic games have come and gone. If you are like me you soaked in as much coverage as possible over the past two weeks, perhaps so much to the extent where regular activities took a back seat (as evidenced by the lack of updates on this site over the past week). I can’t help it. I’m an Olympics geek every two years.

I can only assume Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was watching some of the Games as well, at least when world-class sprinter Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, was lining up on the blocks. Bolt was unbeatable in Beijing four years ago and entered the 2012 Olympics looking to silence some doubters after finishing behind countryman Yohan Blake in the Olympic qualifiers in Jamaica. Of course, he did so in brazen fashion.

Despite Bolt reasserting his seat on the throne of the running world with gold medals in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 4 x 100 relay, Robinson seems to think that he could get a leg up on Bolt in more of a football speed test.

“I’ve watched him run, and I’m pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash,” Robinson said at Michigan’s media day on Sunday. “I’d get a better start, and I could take him.”

Bolt has had a distinct advantage in the track and field world with his stride size. Towering over most of his competition, it takes Bolt fewer strides to complete a race than his competitors. Bolt is 6 feet 5 inches tall, about half a foot taller than Robinson. Bolt would figure to have the stride advantage against the Wolverines quarterback as well, but would Robinson have a better shot at beating Bolt in a shorter race, where Bolt may not be the strongest starter? That is where Robinson feels he may have an advantage.

“At 60 yards, I’d be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he’d be gone, but I could get him in a 40,” Robinson said.

Usain Bolt’s response?

So let’s set the stage. To make things as even as possible we’ll set up the contest inside a domed stadium, in a controlled weather environment and on an artificial turf. Because Robinson says he would have Bolt in a 40-yard dash, we’ll see what the public thinks.

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Kevin McGuire
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