The host didn’t believe it, but, yes, Usain Bolt called into Manchester United’s post-game show to discuss the club’s victory on New Year’s Eve.
“Next caller is in Jamaica, we’re heading over there to speak to Usain. It’s not Usain Bolt is it?” show host Mandy Henry said.
“It is Usain Bolt,” the nine-time Olympic champion responded.
Bolt went on to provide his thoughts on United’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough earlier Saturday.
“They came through like the old Manchester United,” said Bolt, a longtime United fan. “Everybody pushed, and we persevered, the Manchester United way. It was a great match. I am very happy about this.”
Later on Twitter, Bolt’s account confirmed he was the caller.
“Sorry Usain – we didn’t think it was you!” Henry’s account responded.
Bolt has said he expects to train with German club Borussia Dortmund within the next two years.
In the past, Bolt has been linked to Jamaica’s national team, played with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and was erroneously reported to be suiting up in a special Manchester United match.
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Odell Beckham Jr. is feeling so fast that he reached out to Usain Bolt on Twitter.
The New York Giants wide receiver clocked 21.85 miles per hour during his 61-yard touchdown catch and run on Sunday night, fastest of any ball carrier in week 14, according to the NFL.
Beckham was not the fastest NFL ball carrier this season — Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin clocked 22.25 mph in September, according to the league, and others have been faster.
Bolt reportedly averaged between 23 and 28 mph during his world-record 100m of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.
None of that stopped Beckham from tweeting his 21.85 mph video at Bolt’s account at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday.
Beckham’s mom was an All-American sprinter for LSU in the 1990s.
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Usain Bolt is track and field’s male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport’s governing body for a sixth time.
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the women’s award, after her world-record run to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters.
The awards were handed out Friday by the IAAF at a gala ceremony in Monaco. The winners were chosen by athletics officials, athletes, journalists and an online public poll.
Bolt won golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters at the Rio Olympics, repeating his feats of the 2012 London Games and in Beijing in 2008.
Ayana smashed the world record in the Olympic 10,000m. Her time of 29:17.45 shaved more than 14 seconds off the previous best.
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