Arsenal sprint record broken for second time in 2014 - new speed king

Chuba Akpom

After Hector Bellerin smashed Theo Walcott's sprint record, comes Chuba Akpom with an internal record breaking sprint time.

For five years, Theo Walcott was revered as the fastest player in the entire history of Arsenal football club having broken Thierry Henry's clocked time of 4.82 seconds over 40 metres with his 4.42 seconds record.

However, the fleet-footed Englishman admitted earlier in the summer that there is a new kid on the block who is a superior sprinter than he is - as Hector Bellerin broke Walcott's record earlier this summer.

"Thierry is in his 30s now so I would be very disappointed if I didn’t beat him [in a race]," said Walcott last month. "I beat his sprint record which Hector [Bellerin] has now broken."

Bellerin, though, has been knocked off the ladder having only had his hands on the top rung for a matter of months as academy prospect Chuba Akpom confirmed his pace of 1.56 seconds for 10 metres is now in the Arsenal record books.

It is unclear at this time whether Akpom also broke the record over 40 metres, however, it is important to note that 1.56 seconds is not his best for a 10 metre average but, rather, from a "starting position" and building up acceleration over a very short distance.

Akpom scored 15 academy goals from 23 appearances in the 2013-14 season.

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