The pair's shared speed surpassed the previous record held by current Magpie and ex-Tiger Oleg Markov, who hit a break-neck pace in the yellow and black back in 2019 with a dashing run peaking at 37.4km/h.
Comben's record-matching pace came in the same game the developing Roos forward sustained a serious leg injury that has kept the 199cm talent on the sidelines. Comben's efforts are astounding, given his leg and knee injuries history and his frame and size.
The lighting pace of Rohan and Comben sits ahead of Adelaide recruit Izak Rankine among 2023's top recordings, with the Crows small forward setting a high speed of 36.0km/h in Round 7. A speed over 35.0km/h has only been set on a further seven occasions this season, one of which was recorded by Rohan again in Round 12 at 35.4km/h - the fourth-highest speed recorded this year.
The veteran Cat is one of four Geelong players to have clocked a speed of 34.2km/h or quicker this year to be among the top 24 fastest speeds recorded - three of which are owned by Rohan. Teammates Jed Bews (twice), Esava Ratugolea and Oisin Mullin also feature among this season's quickest players.
Comben's teammates, Jaidyn Stephenson and Griffin Logue, see North Melbourne have three players to break the 34.2km/h barrier this year, while Sydney equals that measure with Nick Blakey, Isaac Heeney and Harry Cunningham also among the AFL's standout speedsters.
For comparison, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, recorded a top speed is 44.7km/h when he set the world record for the 100m sprint in 2009.
Fastest AFL players of 2023
Gary Rohan (Round 1) - 37.8km/h
Charlie Comben (Round 7) - 37.8km/h
Izak Rankine (Round 7) - 36.0km/h
Gary Rohan (Round 12) - 35.4km/h
Charlie Cameron (Round 14) - 35.2km/h
Nick Blakey (Round 14) - 35.2km/h
Bradley Hill (Round 6) - 35.1km/h
Esava Ratugolea (Round 10) - 35.0km/h
Jed Bews (Round 1) - 35.0km/h
Jaidyn Stephenson (Round 12) - 35.0km/h
Harry Cunningham (Round 10) - 34.7km/h
Brodie Smith (Round 16)- 34.7km/h
John Noble (Round 12) - 34.6km/h
Jed Bews (Round 2) - 34.5km/h
Brandon Walker (Round 4) - 34.5km/h
Griffin Logue (Round 10) - 34.5km/h
Jesse Motlop (Round 9) - 34.4km/h
Oisin Mullin (Round 12) - 34.3km/h
Gary Rohan (Round 6) - 34.2km/h
Nick Hind (Round 8) - 34.2km/h
Bobby Hill (Round 11)- 34.2km/h
Oskar Baker (Round 13) - 34.2km/h
Hewago Oea (Round 15) - 34.2km/h
Isaac Heeney (Round 10) - 34.2km/h