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Woo! Hoo! It’s the Animal Olympics

September 30, 2011

Would a Cheetah beat an Olympic Cyclist?

Let’s find out …

The following table logs the fastest times recorded for various animals.

It’s like The Guinness Book of Records for Rats and other critters. Falcons do not fly at 350km/h at all times terrifying tourists. Nor does Usain Bolt race down the 3rd aisle at the supermarket in a few seconds.

This table compares the average speed of humans with the top speeds of animals. More info @ mistupid.

Animal  

MPH   

km/h   

Peregrine falcon

217

349.24

Swift

98

157.72

Cheetah

70

112.66

Pronghorn antelope

61

98.17

Wildebeest

50

80.47

Lion

50

80.47

Thompson’s gazelle

50

80.47

Quarterhorse

47.5

76.45

12. Cycling M 200m Sprint  Chris Hoy  UK   73.43 km/h

Elk

45

72.42

Cape hunting dog

45

72.42

Coyote

43

69.2

Gray fox

42

67.6

13. Cycling  W 200m Sprint V. Pendleton UK  65.67 km/h

Hyena

40

64.38

Zebra

40

64.38

Mongolian wild ass

40

64.38

Greyhound

39.35

63.33

16. Cycling M 1km Chris Hoy   UK  59.30km/h

Whippet

35.5

57.13

Rabbit (domestic)

35

56.33

Mule deer

35

56.33

Jackal

35

56.33

17. Cycling W 500m Anna Meares Aust  53.02 km/h

Reindeer

32

51.5

Giraffe

32

51.5

White-tailed deer

30

48.28

Wart hog

30

48.2

Grizzly bear

30

48.28

Cat (domestic)

30

48.28

Elephant

25

40.24

1. 100m M Sprint Usain Bolt Jamaica      37.15 km/h

2. 100m W Sprint  F. Giffith-Joyner  USA  33.91 km/h

Black mamba snake

20

32.19

Race runner (lizard)

18

28.97

8. 1,500m M Track   Noah Ngeny  Kenya  25.45 km/h

Wild turkey

15

24.14

14. Rowing M 8+   2000m  USA    22.50 km/h

9. 1,500m W Track  Paula Ivan  Romania  22.21 km/h

15. Rowing  W 8+  2000m   USA  20.27 km/h

10. Marathon M    Samuel Wanjiru    Kenya  20.02 km/h

Squirrel

12

19.31

Pig (domestic)

11

17.7

11. Marathon  W  Naoko  Takahashi   Japan 17.68 km/h

Chicken

9

14.48

3.  100m M Freestyle    Eamon Sullivan Australia 7.67 km/h

4. 100m W Freestyle  Britta Steffen Germany  6.77 km/h

6. 200m  M Butterfly   Michael Phelps   USA  6.44 km/h

5. 1500m  M Freestyle   Grant Hackett Aust  6.16  km/h

7. 200m  W Butterfly    Lui Zige  China    5.80  km/h

Spider (Tegenaria atrica)

1.17

1.88

Giant tortoise

0.17

0.27

Three-toed sloth

0.15

0.24

Garden snail

0.03

0.05

Now Mathpigs,

                              …………………………………………..

even though a chicken can move faster than, say, Grant Hackett swimming, it must be said that a chicken could not keep up that speed for 1500m!!! …………………

…..  And, even though a squirrel can run faster than Naoko Takahashi, I don’t think it could keep running for 42plus km!!

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