Jonny May can officially call himself one of the fastest players in world rugby, after he incredibly clocked a better time than Usain Bolt in training.
The England and Leicester winger, who has 10 tries in 10 games since making the switch to Leicester over the summer, says he was in a state of shock when he recorded a personal best of 10.49 metres per second in a 40-metre speed test last Saturday.
“I was gobsmacked because I had just tweaked my hammy the week before,” said May.
“It was a rehab run. I didn’t think I would go anywhere that fast. I knew I had to run flat out to test it. I was pretty nervous but it was fine. And I ran quick as well and it was a bonus.”
The record equates to a time of 9.53 seconds over 100 metres. Usain Bolt’s world record is 9.58 seconds, which he set in 2009. To make things even more remarkable.
May achieved this during a rehabilitation run to make sure he had fully recovered from a recent hamstring problem,