Mickey Rourke claims he beat Usain Bolt in street sprint

Usain Bolt has shockingly already lost a sprint in London after engaging in a late night street showdown with Hollywood star Mickey Rourke.

Rourke, 59, relayed his bizarre experience to Yahoo! Sport's Martin Rogers via a phone call months after challenging the world's fastest man to a 30m sprint.

"We were outside the Wellington in Central London and it was four in the morning," Rourke told Rogers. "It was just that time of the night, you know, when anything can happen. So I went up to him and I said, 'Come on, you are the world's fastest man, let's go.' "

"There was a space in the street of about 30 meters," Rourke said. "I got him to back up about four paces, we set off and I got him by a few inches."

The race took place in the high flying area of Knightsbridge, while the Wellington remains an exclusive private members club just down the road from world famous department store Harrods.

Rourke has been a long time patron at Wellington - so much so that he has a private roomed named after him there - The Room of Rourke.

The Expendables star was in the middle of a trademark hard partying night when he ran into Bolt earlier this year.

"Usain was such a sweet guy, just a really cool, endearing guy and it is impossible not to like him," Rourke said. "There have been so many times when you meet these athletes that you have seen and heard a lot about and most of the time you are disappointed. But he was awesome. I follow track a little bit and I will be rooting for him."

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