Move Over Usain, Here Comes Sarah The Cheetah!


It was only about a month ago when Usain Bolt stunned the world with his 9.58 second 100m dash. Yesterday, the 'lightning' was usurped from his throne by a faster mammal - An 8-year old cheetah called Sarah.

And unlike Bolt who took over a year to break his own record, Sarah did it within 15 minutes. Her first 100m dash was timed at 6.16 seconds. Not satisfied, she ran the track one more time, completing it in 6.13 seconds. By her third attempt, the intense heat and fatigue seemed to have set in on this middle-aged mammal, 'slowing' her down to 6.60 seconds.

However, Sarah better not rest on her laurels. As soon as the weather improves in October, Zaza a South African cheetah and the previous record holder for the world's fastest land animal, plans to take her on!

But the cheetah program manager at the Cincinnati Zoo, where the cheetah has lived most of her life, is not worried. That's because Sarah accomplished yesterday's feat despite running on an incline with the wind against her. Next time around, she will simply run downhill and with the wind behind her!

Sarah's run was organized by the Cincinnati Zoo's special Cheetah breeding facility to highlight the importance of conserving these amazing animals whose numbers have dropped dramatically in the last 100 years.

While the zoo is proud of their new celebrity, they are used to fame. One of their other cheetahs Moya, who died in January, had held the record for a whole year before being defeated by his own brother, a South African cheetah called Nyana. We're sure that Sarah will be able to regain her record even if she loses it to Zaza, later this year.,,

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  • moo Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    • mooMonday, February 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm
      that is so fast!
      • wolfdog
        wolfdogTuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:45 am
        • coolMonday, April 23, 2018 at 10:34 am
          me too
          • animal666
            animal666Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 5:09 pm
            Sarah is so fast😲😵😱
            • avaFriday, January 5, 2018 at 10:57 am
              so cute
              • Carol BethWednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:51 am
                I love cheetah
                • sup yoWednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:12 am
                  littlebit0119, you can not keep wild animals, they should not be at a zoo, they need to be out in the wild
                  • RamiMonday, April 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                    • ParkerThursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm
                      sooooooooooo fast🏁🏁🏁