How Usain Bolt's speed compares in the animal kingdom

Usain Bolt wins a record third consecutive gold medal in the Olympic 100 meter sprint on August 14, 2016. Photo: Rio 2016 / Miriam Jeske / MGN

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the world's fastest man, but chances are, he couldn't beat a house cat.

Atlas Obscura, aiming to put a sarcastic end to the "rampant speciesism" of the Olympics, created an infographic that compares the skills of the world's best athletes to other members of the animal kingdom.

Bolt won a record third straight gold in the Olympic 100-meters Sunday, running a 9.81-second sprint, his slowest Olympic time ever.

Not that Bolt should be described as slow. At his fastest, he ran the 100m in 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, reaching 27.8 miles per hour, says Atlas Obscura.

Still, the world's fastest man would have a hard time beating a warthog, cat, or rabbit to the finish line.

Citing the book "Zoom: How Everything Moves, from Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees," the report states that the domestic cat, warthog and rabbit can run at 30 mph.

The Southern Dart Butterfly and its 37 mph speed would smoke the Jamaican sprinter, but Bolt could likely take gold in a race with roadrunners.

The bird can run 20-25 mph, putting Bolt in the cartoonish place of Wile E. Coyote, but on a slower pace. Non-cartoon coyotes can run as fast as 47 mph.

By these comparisons, Bolt would take the bronze in a "Looney Tunes" race. Tom, the cat of "Tom and Jerry," would win silver and Wile E. Coyote would go home with gold.

Take it away Porky!

"That's all folks!" - Porky Pig

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off