Actor Mickey Rourke says he beat sprinter Usain Bolt in a street race

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt held his own tune-up race in anticipation for the Olympic games in the streets of London. Bolt and actor Mickey Rourke had a tipsy 4 a.m. street race outside an exclusive nightclub in London.

The 59-year-old Rourke described how he challenged the world’s fastest man over 30 meters, and came out the winner.

“We were outside the Wellington in Central London and it was four in the morning,” Rourke said. “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.’ ”

Rourke insisted, quite appropriately given the gap in age, size and sprinting pedigree, on receiving a head start as a small group of late-night revelers looked on in bemusement.

“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.”

That’s funny! I wonder how often drunk guys run up to athletes and try to challenge them? Rourke was impressed with Bolt’s engaging his late night racing whim.

“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.”

Random but still related, remember when Mickey Rourke looked normal? 9 1/2 weeks is still one of my favorites. He was absolutely delicious in that.