There are many different ways to judge speed in sport, we are looking at running speed in here but even that can be conflicting. Speed is an asset in almost any sport, and the fastest players are usually among the best. But who were the fastest players across all sports?
In this article we’ll explore the fastest people in the world, looking at athletes that compete in several sports, terrains, and distances. You might be surprised by what you find.
1. Usain Bolt
Athlete was born on 21 August 1986 at Sherwood Content, Jamaica.The undisputed fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt shattered his world record in the 100 meters with a time of 9.58 seconds in 2009. Bolt has set the last three world records in the event, and his current record is 0.16 seconds faster than Asafa Powell’s previous mark.
The gold standard in speed is Usain Bolt. Even his name suggests he was predestined to become widely considered the fastest sprinter in the world, if not the fastest person in the world. Bolt was born in Jamaica in 1986 and dreamed of being a soccer star. However, his speed soon became his calling card when he shattered Waldensia Primary’s 100-meter dash at the age of 12. In high school, coaches Dwayne Jarrett and Pablo McNeil pushed Bolt to focus on running, and he won his first high school championships medal in 2001. The rest, as they say, was a factory. Bolt went on to set Olympic records in the 100 meters (9.58 seconds), the 200 meters (19.19), and was on the 4 x 100 meters relay team that broke 37 seconds (36.84). His 100m record time stands to this day. He retired after the 2017 World Championships and is generally considered the greatest sprinter of all time. In 2009 between the 60 and 80-meter mark of the 100 meters sprint Bolt was clocked at 27.8 mph, the fastest footspeed on record.
2. Noah Lyles
Lyles is an American sprinter born in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. Noah Lyles is an American professional track and field sprinter competing in the 100 meters and 200 meters. He is the 2019 world champion and the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 m. Lyles holds personal bests of 9.86 seconds for the 100 meters and 19.50 seconds for the 200 meters. At only the age of 22 years he 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.
3. Christian Coleman
An American professional track and field sprinter born on 6 March 1996 at Atlanta, Georgia, the United States who competes in the 100 meters and 200 meters. and presently he is a world champion in the 100 meters. He was a double medallist at the World Championships in Athletics in 2017, winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relays.
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 a time of 6.34 seconds.
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 the sport.
Gareth Bale- Real Madrid
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer born on 16 July 1989 at Cardiff, the United Kingdom who plays as a winger for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back and earning acclaim as a free-kick specialist.
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
Full Name Orlando Enrique Berrío Meléndez is a Colombian professional footballer born on 14 February 1991 in Cartagena, Colombia.
He might not be a well-known name, mostly because 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).
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 lots of speed freaks over the years but for now, there is one undisputed king of speed in rugby.
Carlin Isles is an American rugby union player who plays for the United States national rugby sevens team. With 202 tries, Isles is first for the United States in career tries scored, ahead of teammate Perry Baker. Isles has been touted as the fastest rugby player.
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 to run up to 37 kph.
The pace with which the modern game is played has made speed a necessity in the NBA.NBA players have learned to use their speed more, especially in critical situations. Although the game has not been entirely effective, players call for screens and aim to use their speed against big men who don’t move as quickly as other short-height players.
LeBron Raymone James Sr. born on 30 December 1984 in Akron, Ohio, United States is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
LeBron James is without a doubt the fastest player in the NBA. Often we talk about players with a second or third gear, but that’s not the kind of player LeBron is.
He doesn’t have a second or third gear, because he plays at full speed 100 percent of the time. LeBron’s speed is the definition of elite. The fact that he is 6’8” and 250 pounds makes the fact that he’s such a speedster that much more impressive.
LeBron doesn’t have to worry about turning his speed on or off because the one-speed he plays the game at is on a whole other level than every other player in the NBA. Running in transition for the Heat, he makes Dwyane Wade look slow, and that shows just how fast LeBron truly is.
His speed is only one facet of why he is such an incredible player, but it’s something that NBA fans should appreciate because it could be something that we never see again.