Animals Vs Olympians – Fastest Runner

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The cheetah is known as the world’s fastest animal, able to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in less than 3 seconds. The fastest cheetah was timed to run approximately 200 meters in 7 seconds, equivalent to 29 meters per second or 64 miles per hour. How fast can humans run compared to a cheetah? Usain Bolt holds the world records for the fastest 100 meter and 200 meter race times. Bolt ran the 100 meter race in 9.58 seconds, and the 200 meter race in 19.19 seconds, significantly slower than the cheetah at 23 mph.

Rank

Animal

speed
(mph)

speed
(km/hr)

1. Cheetah 70 113
2. Pronghorn antelope 61 98
3. Lion 50 80
4. Thomson’s gazelle 50 80
5. Wildebeest 50 80
6. Springbok 50 80
7. Quarter horse 47.5 76
8. Cape hunting dog 45 72
9. Elk 45 72
10. Coyote 43 69

Below are the world records for the top running events:

Fastest 100 m Country Time Date
Usain Bolt Jamaica 9.58 16 August 2009
Tyson Gay USA 9.69 20 September 2009
Fastest 200 m
Usain Bolt Jamaica 19.19 20 August 2009
Yohan Blake Jamaica 19.26 16 September 2011
Fastest 400 m
Michael Johnson USA 43.18 26 August 1988
Harry Reynolds USA 43.29 17 August 1988

See our other posts in the Animals Vs Olympians Series

  • Fastest Swimmer
  • Strongest Lifter
  • Highest Jumper

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