Kyle Walker is the Premier League's fastest player after hitting 23mph

Manchester City star Kyle Walker is now the Premier League’s fastest player after clocking 23mph before they face Real Madrid – so how does it compare to Usain Bolt and sport’s fastest men and women?

  • Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was clocked at 23.3mph – 4.5mph slower than Jamaica’s Usain Bolt
  • The England right back is quick than fellow footballers Gareth Bale, Brennan Johnson and Mohamed Salah 
  • But how does he compare to other athletes, including sprint king Usain Bolt and Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith 

Kyle Walker is the Premier League’s quickest player, having been recorded sprinting at 23.3mph in training. 

The Manchester City defender is known for his electric pace, but now aged 32, there may have been some concerns that his speed could be on the wane, as many players have experienced after turning 30.

However the England star remains ahead of the pack, and is faster than any player in the English top-flight in at least the last three seasons. 

Of players currently in the game, French icon Kylian Mbappe edges Walker out – but only by 0.3mph at a top speed of 23.6mph, hence why the right back was tasked with keeping him quiet at the World Cup.

British Olympian Dina Asher Smith is 0.7pmh quicker than Walker – unsurprising given her status as one of the fastest female athletes in the world – while Usain Bolt leads the way at a staggering 27.8mph. 

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker was clocked at a faster pace than an other Premier League player in the last three seasons

The England right back has long been regarded as one of the quickest players in the country and shuts down pacey wingers

British sprinting star and Olympic bronze medallist Dina Asher-Smith was still ahead of Walker with a top speed of 24mph

Bolt’s scarcely believable pace came in 2009, when he set a record that still stands for the fastest ever 100m sprint, clocking in at just 9.58 seconds. 

His top speed of 23.3mph puts him ahead of notorious fellow speedsters Gareth Bale (22.9pmh), Mohamed Salah, Antonio Rudiger and Brennan Johnson (all 22.8mph).

‘I’m 32 but I’m not old, I still feel great, fit, bar the injury with my groin before the World Cup,’ he said, when asked whether he was still as quick as he used to be in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

‘I’ve kept myself in good shape, I look after myself off the field. I work in the gym. 

‘I have to thank my parents and their genetics, some players start to slow down. One of the sports science lads said I hit 37.5kph (23.3mph), I’m not getting any slower.’

Walker’s speed suggests that he may have had some success as a professional sprinter, had he pursued athletics instead of football. 

He is only 4.5mph slower than Italian Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, four years his junior, and 1mph behind legendary four-time Olympic gold medal-winning American sprinter Jesse Owens.

And further questions were asked about Walker’s startling speed in comparison to his new team-mate Erling Haaland, undoubtedly one of the most physically gifted players in the world. 

Usain Bolt’s world-record pace leads the way at a staggering 27.8mph when he ran 100m in 9.58 seconds

Walker joked that he might have his parents to thank for their genetics when asked in a pre-match press conference

‘The manager doesn’t like to do things over long areas, we both need time to get up to speed,’ he added when asked about who was quicker out of him and Haaland.

‘Erling’s very quick, some strikers don’t create those chances. Some strikers use their strength. I still have to back myself.’

Walker will face another speedster in Vinicius Jnr when the two are reacquainted on Wednesday night in the second leg of Manchester City’s Champions League semi-clash with Real Madrid. 

The winner of that duel will likely end up on the side that leaves the Etihad with their spot in the Champions League final booked, where they will meet Inter Milan in Istanbul.

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