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Croatian captain Darijo Srna is the World Cup's fastest player

The full-back racked up a blistering top speed of almost 33km/h during his side’s clash with Cameroon.

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CROATIA HAMMERED A HAPLESS Cameroon side in the wee small hours of Thursday morning and had a number of their more experienced players delivered some fine displays.

Mario Mandzukic returned to the team after suspension and scored twice while Ivica Olic and the excellent Ivan Perisic also found the net.

One key aspect of the Croatian’s play was pushing their full-backs forward and both Danijel Pranjic and Darijo Srna proved a constant worry for the African’s defence.

 

In fact, Srna’s quick feet were record-breaking. He became the fastest player at this World Cup, racking up a top-speed of 32.98 km/h during one sprint. FIFA’s official statistics recorded the skipper as having clocked up thirty-one dashes in total.

Arjen Robben had made headlines for reaching a speed of just over 31 km/h in Holland’s opening World Cup game against Spain though French defender Rafael Varane went and topped that by achieving 32.33 km/h in his country’s 3-0 win over Honduras.
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Srna’s quickness was closely matched by some of his team-mates. Perisic, who enjoyed a hugely influential game against Cameroon wasn’t too far behind in the speed stakes as he clocked 31.79 km/h (that may have come as he raced clear of the defence to score his team’s second goal) while central midfielder Sammir put up a respectable 30.89.

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