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How fast is 17,000 centimeters per minute?

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It's about as fast as a Crocodile
(American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus) (swimming speed)
An American crocodile can reach speeds in the water of up to 17,000 centimeters per minute. On land, larger crocodiles can "gallop" when fleeing danger at speeds of up to 33,000 centimeters per minute.
It's about one-and-a-half times as fast as Michael Phelps
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 1.4586 times the speed of Michael Phelps, and the speed of Michael Phelps is 0.68559 times that amount.
(at the Beijing Olympics, 2008; 200 m freestyle) (a.k.a. Michael Fred Phelps) (swimmer; 1985-)
Setting a world record, Michael Phelps swam the 200 m freestyle in 1:42.96 for an average speed of 11,655 centimeters per minute. Phelps would go on to win nine gold medals individually in the 2008 Olympics - more than all but eight of the competing nations.
It's about two times as fast as Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan)
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 2.2 times the speed of Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan), and the speed of Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan) is 0.45 times that amount.
(Manhattan; average speed; 8,978 person-sample)
A 2006 Study by the New York City Department of City Planning found that pedestrians in that city walk at an average rate of 7,800 centimeters per minute. Pedestrians wearing headphones, the study went on to find, walk at a slightly faster 8,500 centimeters per minute
It's about two-fifths as fast as a Bull
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 0.42 times the speed of a Bull, and the speed of a Bull is 2.4 times that amount.
(for animals involved in the Running of the Bulls, a.k.a. Encierro, San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain) (herd average speed)
The herd of the annual Encierro in Pamplona, Spain runs at an average speed of 40,000 centimeters per minute. The Encierro is run annually from July 7th through July 14th and involves 42 bulls, 77 oxen, and an estimated 17,000 runners over the course of the event.
It's about two-fifths as fast as Noah Ngeny
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 0.3739 times the speed of Noah Ngeny, and the speed of Noah Ngeny is 2.675 times that amount.
(in Rieti, Italy; 1999) (sprinter; 1978-)
Setting a world record at the Rieti Grand Prix in 1999, Noah Ngeny ran 1,000 m in 2:11.96 for an average speed of 45,470 centimeters per minute. According to some reports, Ngeny did not begin running competitively until just three years before setting the record.
It's about three-tenths as fast as Flo-Jo
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 0.3023 times the speed of Flo-Jo, and the speed of Flo-Jo is 3.308 times that amount.
(at the Seoul Olympics, 1998) (a.k.a. Florence Griffith-Joyner, a.k.a. Florence Delorez Griffith) (swimmer; 1959-1998)
Setting a world record in 1988, Flo-Jo ran a 200 m in 0:21.34 for an average speed of 56,230 centimeters per minute. Known as a 200 m runner, Joyner also set a record time in a 100 m race at in 1987.
It's about one-fourth as fast as Usain Bolt
In other words, 17,000 centimeters per minute is 0.275 times the speed of Usain Bolt, and the speed of Usain Bolt is 3.64 times that amount.
(at the Beijing Olympics, 2008) (a.k.a. Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, C.D.) (sprinter; 1986-)
Setting a world record, Usain Bolt ran a 100 m in 0:09.69 for an average speed of 62,000 centimeters per minute at the 2008 Olympics. Furthermore, Bolt's margin of record breaking — 0.03 s — is the largest margin of victory in the history of digital measurements.