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Jamie Vardy is no longer the Premier League's fastest recorded player

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Name a bigger sporting fairytale than Leicester City winning the Premier League last year? We'll wait.

It's been almost 18 months now since the Foxes reacted to a relegation scare by mounting a title challenge but the memory remains just as sweet. It doesn't matter who you support, you couldn't help getting goosebumps when Wes Morgan held the trophy aloft.

It goes without saying that Jamie Vardy was in inspired form during that unforgettable season, scoring goals in abundance from Riyad Mahrez's electric creativity. 

The Englishman accumulated 24 goals during that title winning season including 11-games of consecutive scoring that saw him defeat a long standing record from Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Vardy isn't the most natural finisher in the Premier League but his deadliness that season and beyond owes a lot to his furious work rate and incredible pace. His brilliant raw speed allows him to break offside traps for fun.

And statistics vindicate it. In fact, Vardy recorded the fastest sprinting speed in Premier League history with an incredible speed of 35.44 km/hour that season.

He held off the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp, Divock Origi and Jesus Navas to claim the record.

However, Vardy's reign at the top has come to an end this week.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

That's because, as per the Manchester Evening News, Leroy Sane registered a sprint speed of 35.48 km/hour against Chelsea that made him the fastest recorded player in England's top division since records began in 2014.

If the German winger could sustain that pace for 100 metres, he would qualify for the Olympic semi-finals.

Kyle Walker certainly won't take the news well. The Englishman challenged Sane and Raheem Sterling to a foot race in disgust at the fact his FIFA 18 card deemed him slower than both teammates.

He exclaimed: “Let's have a 100-metre sprint for charity. Not a problem. With us three, and I guarantee I will win.”

It's worth noting that Walker is the 11th fastest player in Premier League but Sane may just have set the bar too high for him.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

Ilkay Gundogen also threw his hat into the ring, citing his box-to-box sprint against Shakhtar Donetsk as proof of his speed. Nevertheless, only Claudio Bravo and Ederson have recorded slower top speeds this season - ouch.

Who do you think would an all-star Premier League 100 metre race? Have your say in the comments section below.


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