Which Dogs Can Outrun Usain Bolt in a Sprint Race?

Published 10/02/2021, 10:36 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Usain Bolt stands proudly on the throne of the world’s fastest man for more than a decade now. No human alive has surpassed Bolt’s astonishing records in the 100m and 200m races that he ran in 2009. But what about dogs? Interestingly, while no human can achieve this feat, dogs can.

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Eight times Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt runs 27.78 mph, which is five times more than what a normal human can. However, a few dog breeds like German shepherd, Greyhound, and the Afghan hound can beat Bolt in a race.

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Usain Bolt vs Dogs

The Olympic legend Usain Bolt is known for his lightning speed on the field. Interestingly, Bolt has even tried running against a metro and defeated the technology by winning the race. But some dogs specifically trained in the military or for hunting can defeat Usain Bolt by a good margin.

German Shepherds commonly found in homes as pets or in the military can run 30mph. They have a muscular body and are super energetic, and can even run the same speed as an ostrich. A shocking breed on the list is the Jack Russell Terrier, who is small, yet can run at a top speed of 38 mph. Jack Russell Terrier is trained to chase foxes. No wonder they can run so fast.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

One of the fastest dogs around is the Grey Hound, with a speed of 45mph. Interestingly, Grey Hounds are the favorites to compete in a dog race. They can even defeat a cheetah. Although a cheetah has a top speed of 70mph, it can only hold it for 30 seconds. Beyond that, a greyhound can outrun the cheetah.

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Here is the full list of dogs who can run faster than the sprinting legend.

  • Jack Russell terrier (38mph)
  • Scottish deerhound (38mph)
  • Borzoi (38mph)
  • Dalmatian (37mph)
  • Russian wolfhound(36 mph)
  • Whippet (35mph)
  • Doberman pinscher (32mph)
  • Border collie (30mph)
  • Siberian husky / Alaskan husky (30mph)
  • German shepherd dog / Belgian Malinois (28mph)
  • Greyhound (43mph)
  • Saluki (43mph)
  • Vizsla (40mph)
  • Afghan hound (40mph)

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Usain Bolt’s 100m and 200m record

The glories of Usain Bolt and what he has achieved are well known. However, above all is what Bolt did in 2009, that no sprinter has touched. In 2009, Bolt clocked the world’s fastest time of 9.58 seconds in the 100m race. While he also recorded the world’s fastest time to date in the 200m race of 19.19 seconds.

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It would be fair to say in the human world, Usain Bolt is unbeatable. However, if Bolt goes up against dogs, humans would be in a dilemma to choose between Bolt and dogs. Who will you choose?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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