Heavyweight Anthony Joshua ran 100m sprint faster than running superstar

Boxing superstar Anthony Joshua isn’t known for his lightning speed, so it might surprise you to learn he’s actually a dab hand at the 100m.

He might not be as fast as Usain Bolt – and there’s no shame in that – but it turns out the 32-year-old is in fact quicker than a host of Team GB athletes. How do we know? Well, old footage has recently emerged of Joshua competing on the British TV show ‘Superstars’.

Originally broadcast in the 1970s, the BBC brought the program back over Christmas in 2012 following the success of Team GB at that summer’s Olympics in London. Several Team GB athletes, including Joshua and Mo Farah, went head-to-head across various disciplines to find out who was the ultimate champion.

Joshua emerged as the overall winner, but it was his performance in the 100m that has fans raving on social media. AJ suffered a slow start to the race, losing ground to Olympic high-jumper Robbie Grabarz.

But he quickly hit his stride, and with his arms pumping, took over the lead of the race before stretching away in wet conditions. The super-heavyweight gold medal winner left his rivals dead, including Sir Mo Farah, better known for his long-distance exploits, who finished a distant third.

The heavyweight duo are set for their championship rematch in Saudi Arabia on August 20
Farah (centre) finished a distant third in the race
Farah (center) finished a distant third in the race (Image: Foxbop/Youtube)

So impressive was Joshua that he clocked a time of 11.53 seconds – numbers that would have seen him finish a remarkable seventh in the 100m final at the London 2012 Olympics.

Fortunately for boxing fans, the heavyweight star continued his career in the ring, despite that impressive time. These days Joshua is looking forward to his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, which is due to take place on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua’s new trainer Robert Garcia recently revealed that the boxer wants to hurt everyone put in front of him in sparring and that he had upped his intensity for his fight against Usyk.

Joshua was buzzing with himself after the raceJoshua was buzzing with himself after the race (Image: foxbop/Youtube)

“You know what? I think he wasn’t thinking and prepared to win the fight. From what he told me, he was just thinking of going all 12 rounds. He never thought, ‘I got to win the fight – I just need to go 12 rounds’. So that makes a big difference,” Garcia told Seconds Out.

“Now, he’s thinking of winning and thinking of hurting somebody. That’s the most important thing. He’s got to be confident with his team. Week by week, we see a lot of improvement in Anthony Joshua. He’s going to get better and better, so by the time the fight comes, he’s going to be 100 percent ready.”

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