People Can't Believe Kevin Hart Was Somehow Mistaken for Usain Bolt

Mahlik Campbell

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(AUSTRALIA OUT) American actor, Kevin Hart, is in Sydney with his co-star, Tiffany Haddish, for the premiere of their new film, The Secret Life of Pets 2, at the Sydney Film Festival, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images)c

The internet couldn't help but burst out laughing on Tuesday afternoon when an NBC News story about Usain Bolt's recent coronavirus diagnosis went viral for all the wrong reasons.

Even the most casual readers had to do a double-take at the header photo, which used a shot of Kevin Hart – yes, the 5'4" actor and comedian – instead of Bolt, the 6'5" athletic specimen and eight-time Olympic gold medalist.

Hart himself couldn't believe what he was seeing either, as he let his 98 million Instagram followers know about his new status as a world-class sprinter.

"I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight," he wrote. "I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....S*** just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule."

Of course, there was no shortage of memes inspired by the bizarre moment. NBC attributed the mistake to a "technical error" involving their "content management system."

Some people wondered whether transforming into another person was an undiscovered symptom of COVID-19.

Jokes aside, let's hope that Bolt is able to make a full recovery. He tested positive for the virus shortly after going to a party for his 34th birthday in his native Jamaica.