Here’s a question for you. What is the fastest animal on the planet?
Interestingly, the answer isn’t a cheetah, a bird or even a quick silver fish. It is in fact (according to the humourist Dave Barry) a cow…..that has been dropped out of a helicopter!
In the animal world where survival is everything there is no substitute for pace and the same could be said of the Premier League, at least, that’s what most managers and TV pundits will tell you.
So, who has the quickest feet in the EPL? The best pick-up and the fastest flat-out speed?
It perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a suprise to learn that the man in question is Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott.
Theo Walcott on the blocks in a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IV football boots.
Using data captured over the last two seasons, Castrol have calculated the top speeds of every Premier League player and Walcott came out on top reaching 22.72 mph.
And taking a shock second place, and proving that there’s life in the old dog yet, was Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell who recorded a hugely impressive 22.50mph top speed.
Two big-name strikers came home in joint third place with Chelsea and Ivory Coast front man Didier Drogba reaching 22.27mph, the same as Liverpool and Spain forward Fernando Torres.
Not too shabby in the pace stakes – Chelsea’s Didier Drogba
The results also mean that Nike have three of the fastest players out of the top four with Walcott, Drogba and Torres all in the American brand’s footwear.
Football’s fliers hit incredible speeds and Walcott’s bursts mean he would run 9.9secs for 100m – if he could sustain his top speed of 10.1m per second. To put that in context, using data from the recent 100m final at the World Championships in Berlin, Walcott would have finished fourth behind Asaf Powell, Tyson Gay and the sprint sensation that is Usain Bolt. Bolt won the race in a new world record of 9.58 seconds.
Campbell’s top speed could see him run 10.1secs for 100m – just a tenth of a second slower than Brit Dwain Chambers who reached the final in Berlin where he finished sixth.
(Just to satisfy your curiosity, the fastest animal on earth is the Peregrine Falcon which can dive at speeds of 200mph).