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40 yard dash times, some crazy comparisons


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With all the hoopla in the last year about football players claiming they can beat sprinters in a 40y dash, I thought it might be fun to look at how fast various track athletes average per 40y in their respective distances.

The 400m world record (about 11 times as long as a 40y) is 43.18 seconds which means an average of 3.95 seconds per 40y. The world record for the 800m, nearly a half mile, is 1:40.91, which means 4.61 seconds per each 40y. At the “metric mile” (1500m) the best runner can maintain 5.02 seconds per 40y. Even going up as high as 10,000m (6.2 miles) the world record holder is still maintaining 5.77 seconds per 40y. Think about that, the slowest linemen can barely run 40y at the pace a distance runner can run 6.2 miles.

To me the most impressive comparison is the 800m one, to think of someone running 4.61 pace and holding it for a basically a half mile. Thats just crazy, a 4.61 is around what the average running back runs at the combine!

Note I am not trying to say anything about track athletes racing football players in a 40y. This post was merely for entertainment purposes only.

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