Animals Vs Olympians – Fastest Runner

cheetah worlds 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

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Animals Vs Olympians – Longest Jumper

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Animals Vs. Olympians - Longest Jumper

Snow leopards are able to jump 50 feet horizontally, as well as 20 feet vertically. Snow leopards can jump higher than kangaroos, but cannot sustain long jumps for long distances. Snow leopards live in the mountain regions of central Asia, and their bodies have adapted to living in steep rocky slopes. The long jump is a popular track and field event that was celebrated in the Ancient Olympic Games, and the event has been held in every modern Olympics since 1896. The world record for long jump distance is 8.95 meters, held by USA athlete Mike Powell. He made history in 1991 by breaking the long-time record held by Bob Beamon since 1968.

Name Country Distance Date
Mike Powell USA 8.95 m 30 August 1991
Bob Beamon USA 8.90 m 18 Oct 1968
Carl Lewis USA 8.87 m 30 Aug 1991
Robert Emmiyan Soviet Union 8.86 m 22 May 1987

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Animals Vs Olympians – Who Lifts More?

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The African Elephant is capable of lifting more weight than any other animal. Elephants lift in two different ways – by lifting with their trunk or biting and lifting. The trunk-lift method allows the elephant to lift 300 kg (659 pounds), and bite and lift method can do 500 kg (1102 pounds). The human weightlifting record is held by Hossein Rezazadeh of Iran, who broke the record by lifting 263 kg (579.8) pounds by the “clean and jerk” method in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.

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Animals Vs Olympians – Fastest Swimmer

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Animals Vs Olympians - Fastest Swimmer

The Indo-Pacific sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean, reaching speeds of 68 miles per hour. Its body was built for speed, and the sailfish will fold its fins close to its body so that it can swim more smoothly through the water. The tuna fish is the speed champion for long distances, averaging 45 miles per hour. The fastest speed that a human swimmer can reach is about 5 miles per hour. American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, currently holds seven world records for speed. His record time of 49.82 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly is the equivalent of 4.49 miles per hour. The 50-meter freestyle record held by Cesar Cielo of Brazil of 46.91 seconds is the equivalent of 5.3 mph.

Event Name Country Time Date
100 m freestyle Cesar Cielo Brazil 46:91 30 July 2009
200 m freestyle Paul Bidermann Germany 1:42:00 28 Jul 2009
100 m backstroke Aaron Peirsol USA 51:94 8 July 2009
200 m backstroke Aaron Peirsol USA 1:51:92 31 July 2009
100 m breaststroke Cameron van der Burgh South Africa 58:46 29 Jul 2012
200 m breaststroke Daniel Gyurta Hungary 2:07:28 1 August 2012
100 m butterfly Michael Phelps USA 49:82 1 August 2009
200 m butterfly Michael Phelps USA 1:51:51 29 July 2009

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Animals Vs Olympians – Highest Jumper

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Animals Vs Olympians - Highest JumperMountain lions can jump an impressive 19 feet high. Mountain lions have hind legs that are larger and more muscular than their front legs, which give them great jumping power. They also have a flexible spine like a cheetah, allowing them to maneuver around obstacles and change direction quickly. Javier Sotomayor of Cuba holds the world record for the high jump. His record of 2.45 meters has held since 1993.


Historical High Jump Records

Name Country Height Date
Javier Sotomayor Cuba 2.45 m 27 July 1993
Patrik Sjolberg Sweden 2.42 m 30 June 1987
Igor Paklin Soviet Union 2.41 m 4 Sept 1985

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Deadliest Animals in the United States [infographic]

Have you ever wondered what the most deadly animal is in the United States? Is it a predator like a mountain lion, bear or shark? Is it a poisonous snake or insect? The answer might surprise you.

We’ve pulled together data from several injury and fatality databases to pull together a list of the deadliest animals in the United States.

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The majority of the fatality figures in this infographic can be found in the Underlying Cause of Death, 1999-2009 report from the National Center for Health Statistics database. We ran a search on causes of death and found the codes linked to animal-related fatalities. Specifically:

Code* Cause of Death Deaths
V80 Rider or occupant injured by fall from or being thrown from animal or animal-drawn vehicle in noncollision accident 867
W55 Bitten or struck by other mammals 798
X23 Contact with hornets, wasps and bees 613
W54 Bitten or struck by dog 309
W57 Bitten or stung by nonvenomous insect and other nonvenomous arthropods 107
X25 Contact with other specified venomous arthropods 83
X21 Contact with venomous spiders 81
W59 Bitten or crushed by other reptiles 77
X20 Contact with venomous snakes and lizards 68
W56 Contact with marine animal 11
W58 Bitten or struck by crocodile or alligator 9
X29 Contact with unspecified venomous animal or plant 8
X22 Contact with scorpions 6
X24 Contact with centipedes and venomous millipedes (tropical) 4
W53 Bitten by rat 3
X26 Contact with venomous marine animals and plants 1
X28 Contact with other specified venomous plants 1

* We’ve included the code so you can see exactly what data we pulled

The National Center for Health Statistics database is full of helpful tables like the one above. For example if you wanted to know how Cattle & Bull ranked so highly on the list above, you could check out this report from just 4 states over 5 years.

Wikipedia also maintains fairly detailed list of animal-related deaths worldwide as well as those that occur in the United States.