Speed Week: Fastest men in the world

Sporting feats that smashed the speed barrier to pieces

To celebrate Speed Week on T3.com we've rounded up the superhuman efforts that join Usain Bolt and co in the unique realms of record-breaking.

1/ Fastest serve of a tennis ball

Fastest serve of a tennis ball was 156mph by Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) in the fourth set of a doubles match against Germany in the 2011 David Cup on 5th March 2011. The 6ft10 Karlovic's previous best serve clocked in at 151mph. You can check out the serve in question below.

2/Fastest football kick

The esteemed honour of fastest football kick doesn't not come from the boot of a Premier League footballer but from a Francisco Javier Galan Marin (Spain) who spot-kicked a football at 80.1mph for El Show de los Records in Madrid, Spain. You can check out Francisco's bullet here.

3/ Fastest maximum snooker break

Ronnie O'Sullivan compiled the fastest 147 maximum break in the first round of the 1997 World Championship. It took just 5 inutes and 20 seconds to clear every ball. See Ronnie's amazing feat in the video below.

4/Fastest century in a Cricket World Cup

England were the team on the receiving end of the fastest century in a Cricket world Cup, during a group match in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Irish all-rounder Kevin O’Brien hit 100 runs off just 50 balls – an average of 12 per over, or two per ball! O’Brien went on to score 113 in a three-wicket win over England at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, India, on 2 March 2011. See O'Brien's speedy century in the video below. England fans may not want to watch this.

5/Fastest Rugby League hat-trick

The fastest hat-trick of tries scored from the start of a match is 6 min 54 sec by Chris Thorman (UK) playing for Huddersfield Giants against Doncaster Dragons in the semi-final of the Buddies National League Cup at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK on 19 May 2002.

6/ Fastest ice hockey shot in NHL

The fastest recorded shot in National Hockey League (NHL) history is a 105.9 miles per hour (170.4 km/h) slap shot by Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) of the Boston Bruins (USA) set during the All-Star Game's Skills Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, on 29 January 2011. See the slapshot in the video below.