See How the Best Human Athletes Stack Up Against Average Animals
Usain Bolt might be the fastest human ever, but he’s still not faster than your average warthog. Bolt’s record, set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, is 27.8 miles an hour—but an ordinary warthog, without any fancy training or equipment, can run more than 30 miles an hour. So can the average house cat. And they’re not even the fastest species in the animal kingdom: That honor belongs to the peregrine falcon, which can zip through the skies at 184 mph.
Michelle Enemark and Cara Giaimo of Atlas Obscura put together an infographic that shows how the most athletically gifted homo sapiens stack up against various other animals. Think Simone Manuel is a fast swimmer? She’s not faster than a blue whale, let alone a sailfish. And as for high jumps, the reigning human has nothing on a pitbull or klipspringer (a type of small antelope).
While it might not seem entirely fair to pit humans against other animals—after all, each species has evolved to suit its own ecological niche—the infographic serves to "dampen" what Giaimo calls (tongue firmly in cheek) the “rampant speciesism” of the Olympics. And it’s a nice reminder that we’re far from the only amazing animal out there—even if we’re (usually) the only ones bagging lucrative endorsement deals. Check it out below.
[h/t Atlas Obscura]