Humans will come out the weakest in Fauna Olympics
02 August, 2012
Humans will come out the weakest in Fauna Olympics

 

uman beings would be made look decidedly unimpressive where animals are allowed to compete in the Olympics – outperformed by the likes of kangaroos, gorillas and ostriches. The world’s fastest man may just be able to outrun a dromedary camel but would trail the cheetah, greyhound and ostrich in a sprint race, ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (faster, higher, stronger) is the Olympic motto, but if we allowed the rest of the animal kingdom into the Games, we could not offer much

competition. Jamaican track star Usain Bolt holds the 100-metre record of 9.58 seconds, which translates into a speed of 37.6 kilometers per hour.

 

The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, can reach speeds of 104 kilometers per hour, a thoroughbred racehorse 70 kilometers per hour, a greyhound 69 kilometers per hour and an ostrich 64 kilometers per hour. The camel comes in just behind Bolt at 35.3 kilometers per hour. When it comes to marathon running, the human athlete could not hold a candle to endurance animals like camels or sled dogs, and he would also be beaten in the long jump by the kangaroo (12.8 meters compared to the human record of 8.95 meters). The high jump record of 2.45 meters would be smashed by the springbok gazelle, which can bound for over three meters into the air, and the snakehead fish which can leap over four meters out of water. When it comes to strength, human weight lifters would see themselves far outperformed by elephants, grizzly bears and gorillas, said the document. In pure physical events like running, jumping, swimming we wouldn’t win anything to the exclusion of technically-aided sports like tennis. We humans have one advantage, though, in that no other animal is more of a Jack of all sports. What we are good at is being really versatile; we can sprint, we can run long distances, we can jump, we can swim, and we can lift weights. Pitted against the animal   we would do well at is a sort of decathlon of swimming, running, jumping and lifting. That’s all!

 

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