UEFA Euro 2016: Tournament's top sprinters revealed

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Is everyone enjoying Euro 2016 so far? OK, I'll rephrase - everyone aside from England fans enjoying Euro 2016 so far?

We're almost at the end of the group stages and we've been blessed with some pretty special games (as well as some pretty ordinary games as well) - and the action should only get better when the knockout stages begin. 

We here at GiveMeSport towers have very little to do with our lives sadly, so found ourselves trawling the official UEFA Euro 2016 statistics page, and we happened to stumble across a few gems. 

For example, did you know the fastest recorded sprint by a cheetah is 120.7 km/h. I'm not joking, that actually is on there. As is the top speed of a sloth. 0.12 km/h, in case you wanted to know. 

Why are those facts on the Euro 2016 page? Well, because interestingly, UEFA have been tracking the fastest players at the tournament so far, and the top 10 makes for a fascinating read, if only because, somehow, Jonny Evans appears on the list. Once again, not joking.

At the very top of the charts is French starlet Kingsley Coman, who was clocked at a blistering 32.8 km/h in Les Bleus' third game of the tournament against Switzerland. Not quite as fast as the cheetah, but only about 8 km/h slower than Usain Bolt. Not too shabby at all.

Second on the list is Hungary's Richárd Guzmics (31.6 km/h), ahead of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (31.5), Birkir Savarsson (31.4), and Xherdan Shaqiri (31.4).

Then, next on the list, is our man Jonny. The Northern Irish defender improbably was clocked at 31.2 km/h during his side's defeat against Poland. To put that into context - that's more than five times over the speed limit of a carpark where the speed limit is 5 km/h.

Here's the full list: 

32.8: Kingsley Coman (France v Switzerland, 19/06/2016)
31.6: Richárd Guzmics (Hungary v Austria, 14/06/2016)
31.5: Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (Iceland v Portugal, 14/06/2016)
31.4: Birkir Sævarsson (Iceland v Portugal, 14/06/2016)
31.4: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland v France, 19/06/2016)
31.2: Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland v Poland, 12/06/2016)
31.2: DragoĊŸ Grigore (Romania v Albania,19/06/2016)
31.1: Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland v Portugal, 14/06/2016)
31.0: Nani (Portugal v Iceland, 14/06/2016)
30.9: Georgi Schennikov (Russia v Slovakia, 15/06/2016)

A little bit of clarification is required here - UEFA clock top speed as "the fastest two-metre stretch of an individual sprint." 

So presumably, Evans must have been running downhill with one hell of a breeze behind him to make it into the top 10.

Who do you think is actually the quickest player at Euro 2016? Leave a comment below!

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