Sprint star Kilty challenges Arsenal's Walcott & Bellerin to £30k race

The Athlete is eager to test whether the Gunners' own speed demons match up to his own pace - and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.

British sprint champion Richard Kilty has challenged Arsenal duo Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott to an exhibition sprint race, with each runner to put down £30,000.

The 25-year-old, who won silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay, wrote on Twitter that he will race the two footballers any distance and at any location.



Walcott and Bellerin are thought of as two of the quickest players in football, with the young Spanish fullback breaking his teammate's club record over 40m.

England international Walcott broke Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's 40m record after joining from Southampton, but former Barcelona youngster Bellerin, who has impressed in his breakthrough season in North London, clocked 4.42 seconds across the distance, to suggest he is one of the fastest players in the world.

25-year-old Kilty is the reigning world and European champion at 60m, and he would likely base his confidence in beating Bellerin and Walcott, and doubts regarding the previously announced times, by pointing to the fact that Bellerin's time would mean he was quicker than Usain Bolt.

The Daily Mail looked into how fast Bellerin would be in comparison to World Record holder and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt, and amazingly, suggested that the Spaniard would be quicker than the fastest man of all time.

The Jamaican ran a split time of 4.64s at the World Championships in Berlin when he set a record 9.58.

Fans of both sports will likely be hoping that the race between Kilty, Bellerin and Walcott happens, in what would be a modern-day version of classic TV show Superstars.

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