Just a few months ago we were in the throes of August warmth, watching Usain Bolt finish his Olympic career by collecting his 9th gold medal. It was an incredible end to an unbelievable athletic career, or at least it would have been if Bolt had retired. But this impressive athlete isn’t finished. He intends to race in the World Championships in Athletics next year. And apparently the famed “fastest man on earth” needed something to keep him busy in between events. Bolt appeared on the Late Late Show in September, joining the host James Corden, his crew, and actor Owen Wilson in a 100-meter race— sneaking in a little bit of training before the last big competition. While there was no gold at the end of this finish line, there was, at least, a legitimate viral video to be made of the event. Watch it below.
After a thorough rundown of the competitors, which includes Corden, Bolt, Owen Wison, and the entire Late Late Show staff (“made up of all sorts of non-athletic people”), the race begins with a false start. The culprit is an over-enthusiastic Owen Wilson, but he is still allowed to compete in the final race, where Bolt (in Jamaican colors) predictably leaves everyone in his dust. Corden came in 21st, which is not too bad, though in the post-race interviews, Bolt still found room to gloat. “Number one. All day every day, I’m the winner,” Bolt said, “Usain Bolt: 1, James Corden: 100.”
But that isn’t the end of this heated rivalry. Just this past week, the athlete returned to Corden’s show for a Drop the Mic segment, where the two had it out in an epic rap battle. Corden started with some choice trash talk, joking that “athletes aren’t great at math so I hope this helps” before mentioning Bolt’s only having “14 gold medals less than Michael Phelps.’’ Bolt retorted with few good burns himself, including the choice couplet, “You think you’re a star but little do you know, most people in here think they’re watching the Kevin James show,” mocking Corden, Kevin James, and the entire CBS network in one swoop. Rhymes like this helped Bolt win yet another round, and his track record of defeating James Corden may eventually outpace his gold medal count.