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Manchester United academy star breaks 25-year sprint record

Darren Campbell [far right] celebrates Athens success
Darren Campbell [far right] celebrates Athens success.

Manchester United academy prospect RoShaun Williams smashed Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell's 25-year school record - but he insists he's got no interest in athletics.

The 15-year-old is 100 per cent committed to Manchester United, having joined the club as a nine-year-old, and wants to progress through the ranks with the aim of one day walking out as a player on the Old Trafford turf.

But if it doesn't work out, then Williams may have found a pretty good back-up career. Because the United wonder kid posted a 10.99 second 100m, beating the former Aston-on-Mersey school record, set by future Olympian Darren Campbell in 1989, by 0.14 seconds.

It was his very first competitive race - not bad going.

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First race

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Williams said: "I didn't know I had beaten the record until the next day at school when my teacher told me.

"It was just a school sports day so we all had to run."

Campbell, himself a Manchester United fan, is from Moss Side, an area in Greater Manchester. And the ex-record holder passed on his congratulations to young Williams.

"I've always said anyone who can run under 11 seconds has got a lot of natural speed, it shows that he's got massive ability. I wish him all the best."

Darren Campbell

Campbell won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece and is a keen footballer himself. He has also advised professional athletes, including footballers, on who to improve their acceleration and sprint speed.

As for Williams, his mum, Nylva Green, calls him 'little Usain' but Williams is firmly set on pursuing a career on the pitch rather than the track. And United fans with a keen eye on the youth teams will now have their eye out for a fleet-footed trailblazer in the club's under-18s over the next few years.

Williams is tipped for the top at Old Trafford, and captained the England under-16s during his international debut in the Victory Shield in October 2013.

His hero is Ryan Giggs, although Williams plays as a defender. Arsenal have Theo Walcott, who ran a 11.52second 100m sprint as a 14-year-old, but will Manchester United have the next Premier League speedster?

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