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Zoo's cheetah breaks record

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Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sarah, the Cincinnati Zoo's 8-year-old cheetah, is now the world's fastest of all land mammals.

Sarah crossed the finish line in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 6.16 seconds in her first attempt on Wednesday, breaking the previous mark of 6.19 seconds set by a male South African cheetah named Nyana in 200.

Then, in Sarah's second attempt, she broke her own record by crossing the finish line in 6.13 seconds. By comparison, the human record for the 100 meter dash is held by Brazilian sprinter Usain Bolt, with a time of 9.58 seconds.

"Sarah is a wonderful animal and a wonderful symbol of hope for all cheetahs," said Cathryn Hilker, Founder of the Cincinnati Zoo's Cat Ambassador Program.  "It's really great for Sarah to have the honor as the fastest in the world, but I also hope this record-breaking run helps to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah."

Sarah is challenging another 8-year-old female cheetah, Zaza, of South Africa. Zaza was originally supposed to run her sprint on Aug. 15, but the run was delayed until late September or October due to inclement weather in South Africa.

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