I think cheetahs are amazing big cats — Sarah, a cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, ran a record setting 100 meter dash on June 20 2012 reaching speeds of 61mph!
On a USA Track & Field-certified course established by the Cincinnati Zoo, the 11-year-old cheetah was radar-timed at up to 61 miles (98 kilometers) an hour, according to a Thursday announcement by zoo officials.
Sarah’s June 20 sprint is the fastest timed 100 meters ever run by anything on the planet, the officials said—though it was no suprise to Cathryn Hilker, founder of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program, who helped raise Sarah from a cub.
During the photo shoot, five cheetahs each completed several sprints a day. For the cats it seemed to be a game, bolting out of the back of one of the zoo’s vans and chasing fluffy toy dogs as they were pulled across a meadow on a high-speed cord.