Theo Walcott's guide to sprinting

Arsenal and England speedster Theo Walcott gives you the lowdown on adding another gear to your sprinting
Afforded space to run into, with the ball at his feet, Theo Walcott sends full backs running for the hills screaming for help.

Armed with fuel injected pace he's every defender's worst nightmare. Once he opens his legs and tears past his opponent there's no stopping him. In 2004, at the age of 15, he clocked 11.52 seconds in a 100 metres race.

When he was at Southampton under the tutelage of Harry Redknapp, the current Spurs boss waxed lyrical about Walcott's rocket propelled surges down the wing.

"The kid can run through puddles and not make a splash - he drifts over the ground," he said.

Pace is an essential commodity in modern football, with a shift towards to athleticism and quicksilver counter attacks.

Watch this video to gain the edge in a foot race with a 4-step guide to sprinting from the Gunners and England speed demon.

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Also see:
Theo Walcott's guide to exposing a slow full-back
Theo Walcott: Big match preparation
Theo Walcott: Finish on the run
Finish like Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott: How to win the foot race
Theo Walcott: Control the ball at speed
Theo Walcott: Make the first 5 yards count
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