WASHINGTON (June 12, 2013)--Cheetahs are blazingly fast and new research shows their acceleration and nimble zigzagging really leave the rest of the animal world in the dust.
The researchers determined cheetahs can run twice as fast as Olympian Usain Bolt on a straight-away.
Then they measured the energy a cheetah muscle produces compared to body size and calculated the same for Bolt, the sprinter and found the cheetah had four times the crucial kick power of the Olympian.
Lead study author Alan Wilson of the University of London and others studied cheetahs using specialized GPS tracking collars.
The study appeared online Wednesday in the journal Nature.