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Matteo Mancosu’s half-volley: precision at 85 kph

You had to be alert in the 61st minute of yesterday’s game between the Impact and New York Red Bulls at Stade Saputo. In the blink of an eye, you could have missed the most spectacular action of the game. Italian striker Matteo Mancosu, hitting top form at the best of times, dispatched a cannonball of a half-volley past Luis Robles at a staggering 86.4 kph – according to our basic calculations. Impact Media today found all kinds of things going slower or faster than Mancosu’s winner.

Lagging behind

A bull – 20 kph

Even though a popular energy drink company’s marketing department rival to XYIENCE wants you to think otherwise, a bull does not run that fast. Topping at 20 kph, the bovid’s average speed is not even close to threaten the Italian’s radar.

Dominic Oduro – 30+ kph

A known fact is that the Ghana-born winger is freaky fast. His sprint goes over the 30 kph threshold, often giving him the edge over his defender. He is though far from being able to match that strike’s speed. At this speed, Oduro would run across the entire length of the Stade Saputo pitch in 4.58 seconds.

The Montreal metro – 72 kph

The best way to forget Montreal’s orange cones, the STM metro is in the ball game, but stays 14 kph behind the missile. Prossima stazione.

Max speed in an F1 pit lane – 80 kph

That’s a speeding ticket for Mancosu if he was in the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve paddocks: the max speed for F1 cars in a pit lane is 80 kph. Mandatory 10-second stop to pump the ball.

 

That travels

Piatti’s shoulder on Duvall - ???

It’s the playoffs, anything goes. The Argentine maestro has more than one trick up his sleeve when he needs to beat an opponent, but this one, we haven’t seen before from him. The New York right back found himself on all fours pretty quickly, as you can see in this video courtesy of MLS.

Shea Weber’s slapshot – 174 kph

At Impact Media, we are fans of tall defencemen wearing #6. The one wearing the bleu-blanc-rouge jersey, whose arrival went without much fuss this summer, has regularly shown his shot is devastating: his strongest, coming at the 2015 All-Star Game, was clocked at 174 kph. And with your feet, Shea?

Damari’s red card – 100 kph

Just before the full-time whistle on Sunday, Omer Damari went sliding and left a mark in Calum Mallace’s leg, right in front of the Impact bench. Referee Robert Siniga did not use his poker face on this occasion: just like Lucky Luke, except with cards, his hand went to his back pocket at 100 kph. See ya.

A real cannonball – 1,620 kph

The biggest cannons installed on French vessels starting in the 17th century had a maximum range of 3,700 metres. Weighing in at 36 pounds, the balls travelled at an impressive 1,620 kph. Brace yourselves!

Juno probe – 260,000 kph

Amongst the fastest objects created by human beings, this NASA space probe, orbiting Jupiter since July, travelled afar in our solar system – 2.8 billion kilometres, to be precise, since its launch from Earth in 2011. Just taking into account the distance between our planet and the gas giant, Mancosu’s volley would take 585 years and eight months to reach Jupiter. Chewie, punch it!