Fastest 100m times by footballers from Carlos to Walcott ahead of Olympic final

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Tokyo Olympics will on Sunday host the Games' flagship event – the 100m sprint.

It marks the first time since 2004 that the event will take place without the legendary world-record holder, Usain Bolt, who has covered the distance in a mind-boggling 9.58 seconds.

The times in Japan's capital are expected to be a long way off that, while still leaving mouths open.

But in football, some players who have taken to the pitch aren't too far off Olympic speeds themselves.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at some of the fastest times notched by professional footballers:

Roberto Carlos

Arguably the most popular full-back of all time, Roberto Carlos is the first name on football fans' lips when they think of overlapping runs.

And the ex-Real Madrid and Brazil star did that using his turbo-charged speed, which apparently led to a 100m time of just 10.8 seconds.

Jose Luis San Martin, a Real Madrid fitness trainer, told Marca: "I teased Roberto Carlos and said 'you would take over 11 seconds to run 100 metres.'

"He looked at me and responded: 'We are going to check that right now', I told him that he had just trained and that it wasn't the right time, but he did it anyway.

"'Take the stop clock and we will do it,' he insisted. He did it in 10.8 seconds. An amazing time. He would have been a magnificent sprinter."

David Odonkor

While he didn't make the big time with his footballing exploits, German star David Odonkor was used as a terrifying weapon thanks to his speed.

According to reports, he clocked an astonishing 100m time of 10.6 seconds.

Some effort, given a time of 10.29 was recorded during the semi-final at the men's 100m sprint by Usheoritse Itsekiri in the Tokyo Olympics so far.

Gabriel Agbonlahor

According to the Bleacher Report, former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor once clocked a 100m time of 10.98 seconds.

The was known for his electrifying pace at Villa Park, and earned himself three caps for England.

He retired from football aged 32 in 2019, and now works as a pundit.

Theo Walcott

At the age of just 14, Theo Walcott notched a time of 11.58 seconds over 100m in 2004 when he attended Downs School in Compton, Berkshire.

It's safe to say as his body grew, Walcott will almost certainly have improved on that time, especially given how he tore through defences in his Southampton and Arsenal days.

In fact, after moving to the Gunners aged 16, Walcott broke the club's 40m sprinting record held by club record Thierry Henry with a time of 4.42 seconds, bettering the 4.82 held by the Frenchman.

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