Can Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Outrun a Grizzly Bear?

Published 09/20/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


During his glorious career, Usain Bolt showed immense speed to dominate his opponents on the track. The 35-year-old consistently shattered world records, while cementing his legacy with eight Olympic gold medals to his name.

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Over the years, he established himself as the fastest man on the planet. Following this, many started comparing his speed to various animals instead. While he can be faster than a number of animals, he could meet his match in a grizzly bear.

Can Usain Bolt run faster than a grizzly bear?

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In the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Bolt put on some of the best performances in sprinting history. In fact, the Jamaican broke world records in the men’s 100m and 200m categories, which he himself set a year prior at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

BEIJING – AUGUST 20: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after breaking the world record with a time of 19.30 to win the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe and Shawn Crawford of the United States at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

During his record-shattering 9.58s run in Berlin in 2009, Bolt clocked a top speed of 27.8 miles per hour. However, this wouldn’t be enough for the 35-year-old to beat a grizzly bear, which can achieve a top speed of around 30 miles per hour.

In addition, a human can keep his top speed for only certain seconds, which mean Bolt’s average speed would fare worse against a grizzly bear.

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Which animals can Bolt beat?

While he might not be able to outrun a grizzly bear, Bolt can still beat a few animals. One of them is the roadrunner, which can do 20 miles per hour.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

In addition, Bolt would also be quicker than a Jack Russell Terrier, which can do speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Another interesting fact is the Jamaican can also go quicker than a car in a school zone, which often has a maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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