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Cheetah Sets New Land Speed Record, Beats Bolt by 4 Seconds

• http://www.wired.com, By Tanya Lewis

The 11-year-old cheetah named Sarah ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds, breaking her own record as fastest land mammal. In 2009, she ran it in 6.13 seconds.

By comparison, the world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has a top time of 9.58 seconds for that distance — almost four seconds slower than Sarah.

The cheetah reached a top speed of 61 mph while chasing a furry dog toy on a course that was certified by the Road Running Technical Council of USA Track & Field.

The run was captured on video and photographed by National Geographic, which is featuring Sarah and the Cincinnati Zoo’s other four cheetahs in its November issue. Documentation of the run was also sponsored by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative to preserve big cats in the wild through conservation, economic incentives and spreading public awareness.

Cheetahs are an endangered species, with an estimated population of between 9,000 and 12,000 remaining worldwide. 

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