There are many different ways to judge speed in sport, we are looking at running speed in here but even that can be conflicting. For example over very short distances 0-10 meters there is a good chance that pro racket sports players and most likely tennis players are the fastest, they must have lightening quick reactions and be able to cover the court in milli seconds.
So for arguments sake, let’s look at sports where people have to run 40 meters plus, which would rule in elite athletes in 100m, 200m sprints, Rugby Union, Rugby 7’s, Football (soccer) and NFL.
How amazing would it be to get all the below names lined up on a track for a race!
Athletics – Sprinting
He may be retired now but for years Bolt was the undisputed king of speed, he held the title of “Fastest man in the World” for years and is regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time. His long standing world records may not be broken for a long time.
Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016). He also holds the 100 (9.58) and 200m (19.19) meter records which are unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
Lyles is an American sprinter born in Gainesville, Florida in 1997, and at only 22 years old is the fastest man in the world today. He holds personal bests of 9.86 seconds for the 100 meters and 19.50 seconds for the 200 meters, also he’s the 300m indoor world record holder with a time of 31.87.
US sprinter Christian Coleman is also worth mentioning, he won the 100m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha with a time of 9.76. He holds personal records of 9.76 seconds for the 100 m and 19.85 for the 200 m, and is also the world indoor record holder for the 60-meter sprint with time of 6.34 seconds.
It has been proven time and again that football is, as Vince Lombardi said, a game of inches. But football is also a game of speed and thanks to computer chips inserted into players’ shoulder pads, we now know how fast they can run. NFL players have to wear big pads and lots of gear, run on grass but always have some of the fastest athletes in sport.
Over the past 2 years there have been a few contenders for the fastest man in the NFL, the below 4 have gotten the most air play and for good reason.
Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs
Hill is consistently mentioned when is comes to the fastest in NFL after clocking 23.24 mph in his 2016 rookie season, he also has recorded track times of 10.19 seconds (100 meters), 20.14 seconds (200 meters) | 40 time: 4.24 seconds
This wide receiver has got the skill to match his speed and is great to watch.
John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals
The current 40-yard dash record is held by Ross, who covered the distance in 4.22 seconds in 2017 and saw his stock rise dramatically as a result.
Leonard Fournette – Louisiana State
Weighing in at 240 pounds Fournette seems like an unlikely contender but this bruiser clocked top speed of 22.05 mph in 2017.
New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty who got timed at a top speed of 22.05mph and Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook’s who has been clocked at 22.07 mph are also contenders.
Again there are a lot of people who we could mention here from legends’ Ronaldo to Messi
Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Real Madrid winger has been clocked at 36.9kph (35.7 mph) which is the fastest sprint speed recorded for any football player, he even won over Usain Bolt who in 2014 said that Bale is “the fastest (soccer player) in the world at the moment.”
Orlando Berrio – Flamengo
He might not be a well-known name, mostly because of the fact that he has played for the majority of time in South America for Brazilian clubs. But this Columbian winger sure can run, his fastest sprint speed recorded was 36kph.
Kylian Mbappe – PSG
The Frenchman has been making waves in world football ever since he was a talented teen at AS Monaco. Now at Paris Saint-Germain, he is already a proud winner of the World Cup and its Best Young Player of the Tournament award. At only 20 years old there is a lot more to come from Mbappe who has also been clocked at 36kph (22.37mph)
But it’s Luis Advíncula who may be the fastest soccer player of them all.
According to reports in his native Peru. The 28-year-old Peruvian fullback recently clocked a top speed of 22.46 mph during a game in Mexico’s top club league, Liga MX
There have been lot’s of speed freaks over the years but for now there is one undisputed king of speed in rugby –
The USA winger, mainly a sevens player, has an official USTA sanctioned wind legal 10.15’s 100m time, he is officially the fastest man in rugby and is serious entertainment to watch, he is completely uncatchable when he makes a break. He has been clocked run up to 37 kph
His teammate Perry Baker has also been recorded at 37km/h on the field.
Fiji 7s star Alosio Naduva hit a staggering 36km per hour against Spain, suggesting that he’s right up in the speed stake
Leicester Tigers winger clocked a 40-metre sprint speed of 10.49 metres per second during an England rugby training session while Leinster winger Barry Daly is surely a contender to with a recorded sprint of 10.5 meter per second.
We’ll keep an eye on this one and add to it during the year and if you have any suggestions please get in touch.
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