Usain Bolt – Tyreek Hill Race: What Would The Odds Be?

Written By Stephen Andress on August 15, 2021

Olympic 100-meter legend Usain Bolt has challenged Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill with some intriguing stakes, and DraftKings Sportsbook has provided TheLines theoretical opening odds if a Usain Bolt – Tyreek Hill race were to actually happen.

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The Challenge

Bolt appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday and agreed a 70-yard-dash would be a good compromise between the 40-yard-dash Hill wanted and 100-meter-dash Bolt wanted.

“I’m good with 70 meters,” Bolt told Patrick. “I still don’t think he can take me in 40 meters.”

Hill is one of the fastest players in the NFL and ran 40 yards in 4.29 seconds. NFL NextGen Stats clocked Hill as one of the top-10 fastest ball carriers of the 2020 season, reaching 21.91 miles per hour.  Bolt ran a 4.22 in the 40 at an NFL Combine fan event in 2019, a time that would have tied the combine record.

Bolt will turn 35 years old on August 21. Hill is 27.

Usain Bolt – Tyreek Hill Odds (Theoretical)

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, if Bolt were to race Hill in a 70-meter-dash, DK would open the Olympian as a -170 favorite. That equates to an implied probability of giving Bolt a 63% chance to win the race. Hill at +150 assumes a 40% chance of upsetting Bolt.

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The Possible Stakes

So what would be on the line in a race between Lightning Bolt and the Cheetah? Dan Patrick had a very, very intriguing proposition.

“You put up one of your gold medals, and he puts up your Super Bowl ring,” Patrick said.

“Nice,” Bolt said laughingly at Patrick’s idea. “That would be big. Yeah, I got eight (gold medals). I don’t think he’s gonna go for it. He’s been talking. So, we’ll see. We should put some thought into that one. I’ve said it to him. I’ve texted him. I was like, ‘You keep talking. I might just show up.'”

Either way, a Usain Bolt – Tyreek Hill race at any distance would be must-see TV.

 

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