Wearing a pair of short red shorts and glittery tennis shoes, Jimmy Fallon challenged Usain Bolt to a race walk through NBC studios last night on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ Bolt has wowed the running world at the Beijing Olympics and again at the IAAF World Championships, where he set new world records for the 100- and 200-meter races. While he completely dominates at his races on the track, how will he fare during a race walk?
Jimmy Fallon explains the course and they both limber up in anticipation of the race. While Usain Bolt looks like he’s barely moving during the race, he pretends to wipe sweat off his brow and does a moonwalk across the finish line:
Usain Bolt doesn’t say much during the segment, but Fallon asks him if ever imagined he would be the fastest man alive. The segment focuses mainly on the race walk, but it would have been interesting if Fallon had done a sit-down interview with the track star.
appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ is just the latest stop on his whirlwind media tour in New York City. So far in his visit, Bolt has attended a Yankees game, appeared on numerous local radio programs, spoken at Walt Whitman College and even “raced” against 11 ESPN staffers: While his track season is over for the year, Usain Bolt is making the
most of his worldwide fame. He is apparently considering several multi-million dollar endorsement offers, and his current trip to the United States will only help to increase his visibility among Americans who don’t follow track and field.
Story by Tanya Menoni