Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi is officially the fastest player ever recorded in the Bundesliga. - © DFL
Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi is officially the fastest player ever recorded in the Bundesliga. - © DFL
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Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi sets new Bundesliga speed record

Borussia Dortmund star Achraf Hakimi set a new speed record in the Bundesliga on Matchday 16, the third time a new best-mark has been set this season.

The 21-year-old clocked a top speed of 22.49 mph (36.20 km/h) in Dortmund's gripping 3-3 draw at home to RB Leipzig, making him the fastest player ever recorded in Germany's top flight since detailed data collection began in 2011/12.

"His speed is incredible," said Dortmund captain Marco Reus - himself no slouch - earlier this season. "Achraf is a real weapon for us."

The numbers more than back up Reus' claim. Hakimi has developed into a key player for Dortmund since arriving on a two-year loan from Real Madrid in 2018/19, and this term he has appeared in all 16 of the team's 16 Bundesliga outings, scoring two and providing five assists, while he has also scored four in six UEFA Champions League outings.

Hakimi overtook Kingsley Ehizibue as the league's most jet-heeled player of all time, the Cologne defender having held the record since Matchday 7, just one week after Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman sprinted to the top of the charts against Paderborn.

The top 10 fastest Bundesliga players of all time

1) Achraf Hakimi (22.49 mph / 36.20 km/h)
2) Kingsley Ehizibue
 (22.3 mph / 35.85 km/h)
3) Kingsley Coman (22.16 mph / 35.66 km/h)
4) Jeremiah St. Juste (22.12 mph / 35.60 km/h)
5) Fabian Johnson (22.05 mph / 35.50 hm/h)
6) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22.02 mph / 35.44 km/h)
7) Sheraldo Becker (22.01 mph / 35.43 km/h)
8) Lukas Klünter (21.99 mph / 35.40 km/h)
9) Artjoms Rudnevs (21.98 mph / 35.39 km/h)
=9) Jan Rosenthal (21.98 mph / 35.39 km/h)