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Cheetah is fastest, twice over

September 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Cincinnati Zoo says one of its cheetahs has become the fastest land mammal on record -- twice.

Zoo officials say an 8-year-old female named Sarah ran 100 meters in just over six seconds Wednesday. That broke the old record set in 2001 by a cheetah in South Africa by a few hundredths of a second.

Later, Sarah ran a slightly faster time. The speed translates to more than 36 mph.

The cat was clocked at a breeding center on a certified course. Cheetah records are maintained by conservation groups and zoos.

The human 100-meter record holder is Usain Bolt of Jamaica. He's a relative slowpoke at more than 9 1/2 seconds.

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