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    Sarah, a cheetah at the Cincinnati zoo, just clocked a 6.13 to break the land-speed mammal record at 100M. The old mark was 6.19 set back in 2001. I wonder if there's a 200M record.

  • #2
    Interesting, I had no idea. The problem with a 200 m record for cheetahs might be getting them to stay in their lane on the curve.

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    • #3
      I think it's too early to declare this a record. The "A" sample isn't even back yet, much less the "B" sample.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rasb
        I think it's too early to declare this a record. The "A" sample isn't even back yet, much less the "B" sample.
        Exactly; doped to the gills. Everyone knows these athletes are born cheetahs......

        (And now I preemptively apologize to everyone.)

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        • #5
          Is this the male or female record?

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          • #6
            duplicate post

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler
              Is this the male or female record?
              I hate to assume anything, but how many male cheetahs do you know called "Sarah"?

              We recently had a children's TV presenter have a go at 100m and he clocked 9.24 seconds - riding a bicycle. Although I have a feeling Sir Chris Hoy might go a bit faster. Not sure if they could get both wheels on the blocks though ...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler
                Is this the male or female record?
                Yes...

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                • #9
                  The fastest mammal on the plant is a female. That record is all encompassing. Supposedly in South Africa there's a male cheetah they're going to have make an attempt at the record later this month. Nike should step up and have them race each other.

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                  • #10
                    I'm curious about how these time trials are conducted. How do you stop a cheetah going 60mph?

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                    • #11
                      See for yourself.

                      Cheetah Breaks Speed Record, Zoo Says

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lonewolf
                        I'm curious about how these time trials are conducted. How do you stop a cheetah going 60mph?
                        I was there, one of the few from the public allowed to attend due to concerns of distracting the cheetah with huge throngs of people.

                        The cheetah is just as good at stopping as it is at running. Once it crossed the 100m mark the cheetah was allowed to catch the "lure", which ended the run.

                        The course was grass, slightly uphill. The cheetah was released from her cage out of the back of a van, and once it's hind feet touched the ground the clock started(standard starting procedure for this type of thing). The FAT was captured at the cat's nose as it crossed the 100m mark.

                        Though she set the record on her 2nd of three runs, her first was almost certainly her best effort. Unfortunately the person operating the lure allowed sarah to get too close at about 50m and she basically caught it, then reaccelerated when it was pulled away from her. No doubt in my mind her 6.17 from that run was superior to the 6.13 she posted in the 2nd attempt.

                        I took personal pics and video, but the Cincinnati Enquirer's are better lol.

                        Photos - http://tinyurl.com/mt4vv2

                        Story and video -
                        http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dl ... /309080011
                        There are no strings on me

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Davidokun
                          I swear that cat could have gone faster - from what I've seen on the tele tthey look like they can run alot faster.

                          Someone calculate the MPH of a 6.13 100m. From what I understand they can run between 60-70 mph.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by proofs in the pudd'in

                            Someone calculate the MPH of a 6.13 100m. From what I understand they can run between 60-70 mph.

                            As with any sprint race, top end speed is not acheived at the first step. The average speed of a 6.13 100m would not reflect the fastest speed the animal reached in the run.
                            There are no strings on me

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                            • #15
                              Sarah's average speed = 36.5 mph

                              Bolt's average speed in Berlin = 23.4 mph

                              Bolt's maximum speed in Berlin = 27.4 mph

                              Making the highly unlikely assumption of proportional acceleration, Sarah's maximum speed = 42.7 mph.

                              So she has plenty left in the tank.

                              Regarding the 70 mph claim: Fake Flies and Cheating Cheetahs

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