Okay, so Olympic athletes are awesome. Throughout history, Olympians have striven to push their physical limits, compete and break records.
But what about creatures in the animal kingdom who push their limits every day, for no glory whatsoever? Well, looking at the current Olympic records for these disciplines, we’re pretty convinced our animal friends would do themselves proud if they were to compete!
At the 2004 Athens games, Hossein Rezazadeh of Iran lifted 263 kilograms during the Clean and Jerk in the heaviest weight class for lifters. That’s about 100 kilograms more than his own weight.
The rhinoceros/dung beetle, which weighs less than an ounce, can carry 850 times the weight of his body. That’s the equivalent of a human lifting a 65-ton weight.
100 metre sprints:
The Olympic record for the 100-meter dash was set by Usain Bolt of Jamaica at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With a time of 9.69 seconds, Bolt ran at an average 23 miles per hour.
A cheetah can run 70 miles per hour for bursts of 183 meters. That’s twice the length of the Olympic race, and three times as fast as Bolt.
The sailfish can swim at a speed of 68 miles per hour, which is more than 10 times faster than the quickest human.