Sarah the cheetah has shattered the world record for the standing 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 5.95 secondsâ€”making Olympian Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds look positively stodgy by comparison.
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 and National Geographic magazine. The magazine photographed Sarah and other zoo cheetahs for a project to be featured in its November issue, which will include unprecedented high-speed pictures.
Sarah’s June 20 sprint is the fastest timed 100 meters ever run by anything on the planet, the officials saidâ€”though it was no suprise to Cathryn Hilker, founder of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program, who helped raise Sarah from a cub.
“Nobody can run like Sarah,” Hilker said. “She’s special. I always knew she could run under six seconds, but to see it happen like this is wonderful.”