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Arsenal duo Bellerin and Walcott challenged to £30,000 race by British track star

Sprint star wants Arsenal race

Richard Kilty
Image: European indoor champion Richard Kilty now wants a race with two of the quickest men in football

Top British sprinter Richard Kilty says he is willing to bet £30,000 that he can outpace Arsenal speedsters Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott over any distance they fancy.

He has laid down the gauntlet following recent media reports stating that full-back Bellerin has overtaken England winger Walcott as the fastest man at Arsenal over 40 metres.

Bellerin reportedly clocked 4.42 seconds for the distance but Kilty is sceptical that the timing is accurate.

And his doubts appear to be based on fairly solid foundations, as fastest man of all-time - Usain Bolt - did not reach the 40m mark in 4.42 on the day he set the world record for 100m.

The 25-year-old Kilty, who is the world and European champion at 60m, is now trying to set up a winner-take-all showdown with the Gunners duo.

He wrote on Twitter: “Media claiming @HectorBellerin can run 4.42 over 40m.

“Absolutely no way. Are these journalists complete morons!

"I will put £30,000 on the line to race @HectorBellerin & @theowalcott any sprint distance, any time, any place, anywhere

"The race will be over very quick. So, if they put their money down, I will gladly show everyone they cannot sprint as fast as the media claim."

Sky Bet have priced up a prospective race, making Kilty a 1/20 favourite regardless of the distance, with Bellerin 20/1 and Walcott 25/1 to win.

Bellerin and Walcott have yet to respond to the challenge.

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