Animals vs.

When it comes to faster, higher, stronger, animals take the gold over humans — and without much competition
Usain Bolt of Jamaica — also known as “Lightning Bolt” — ran the 100 metre in 9.63 seconds at the London 2012 Summer Games, which works out to be almost 38 kilometres per hour. The cheetah is the fastest land animal by far, able to reach speeds over 100 km/h for short bursts.


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American Charles Austin jumped almost 2.4 metres in 1996, an Olympic record that still stands today. In the animal world, snow leopards have been known to jump 6 metres in the air. Snow leopards are the smallest of all big cats, but definitely have the most powerful legs.

Mike Powell, an American long jumper, still holds the world record he created in 1991 of almost 9 metres; the fourth person since 1900 to hold the record for over 20 years. When it comes to far leaping animals, snow leopards are on top once again; able to jump as far as 15 metres (and they probably don’t need the running start we do!)

After completing his swimming events at London 2012, Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever with 18 gold medals and 22 overall in his career. During the 100m butterfly, his average speed would have been almost 7 kilometres per hour. Pretty fast, right? Enter the sailfish, which has been clocked at speeds exceeding 100 km/h. Phelps wouldn’t stand a chance!

From standing, a cheetah can accelerate from 0-72 km/h in 2 s; most race cars can’t achieve that.


Around 111 km/h 63.4 48.3 37.6 19.3 0.05

Snow leopard

6.1 metres 5.4 2.47 2.39 1.7 0.6
World record (Huaso, ridden by Alberta Larraguibel in 1949)

Snow leopard

15 metres 13.5 8.95 8.4 0.9


110 km/h 55.5 38 35.4 6.9 1.37
London 2012, 100m butterfly
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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Killer whale

House cat




2008 Beijing CHARLES Olympics AUSTIN

Based on a constant 110 km/h speed, the sailfish would finish a 100m race in 3.28s — Phelps’ time was 51.21s.

1996 Atlanta Olympics
Guinness world record


World record


turtle 1991 World Champion- MICHAEL ships in PHELPS Athletics Goldfish
Mike Powell’s world record jump


Garden snail


Typical frog

Bolt ran the 100m in 9.58s at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, which is 0.05s faster than his Olympic time
Usain Bolt after winning the 100m in Beijing

The men’s world record for high jump is 2.45m, set in 1993 by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor.

Powell won silver medals for long jump at both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.
Charles Austin’s 1996 Olympic record jump

As of Dec. 19, 2009, Phelps had set 39 world records — more than any other swimmer; he currently holds 7 of them.


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