# How fast is 1.3 meters per second?

It's about as fast as Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan)
The speed of Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan) is about 1.30 meters per second.
(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 1.30 m/s. Pedestrians wearing headphones, the study went on to find, walk at a slightly faster 1.41 m/s
It's about two-thirds as fast as Michael Phelps
The speed of Michael Phelps is about 1.94250 meters per second.
(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 1.94250 meters per second. 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 half as fast as a Crocodile
The speed of a Crocodile is about 2.70 meters per second.
(American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus) (swimming speed)
An American crocodile can reach speeds in the water of up to 2.80 meters per second. On land, larger crocodiles can "gallop" when fleeing danger at speeds of up to 5.60 meters per second.
It's about three times as fast as an Iceberg
The speed of an Iceberg is about 0.50 meters per second.
(a.k.a. Berg) (Newfoundland iceberg average)
Moved by ocean currents and wind, icebergs can drift at speeds of about 0.50 meters per second. The largest iceberg ever recorded was a found near Baffin Island, Nunavut and was estimated to be nine billion metric tons.
It's about one-fifth as fast as a Bull
The speed of a Bull is about 6.70 meters per second.
(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 6.70 meters per second. 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 one-fifth as fast as Noah Ngeny
The speed of Noah Ngeny is about 7.5780 meters per second.
(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 7.5780 meters per second. According to some reports, Ngeny did not begin running competitively until just three years before setting the record.
It's about one-tenth as fast as Flo-Jo
The speed of Flo-Jo is about 9.3720 meters per second.
(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 9.3720 meters per second. Known as a 200 m runner, Joyner also set a record time in a 100 m race at in 1987.
It's about one-tenth as fast as Usain Bolt
The speed of Usain Bolt is about 10.30 meters per second.
(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 10.30 meters per second 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.
It's about one-tenth as fast as Michael Johnson
The speed of Michael Johnson is about 10.350 meters per second.
(a.k.a. Michael Duane Johnson) (sprinter; 1967-) (at the Atlanta Olympics, 1996)
Setting a record that stood for 12 years, Michael Johnson ran a 200 m in 0:19.32 for an average speed of 10.350 meters per second at the 1996 Olympics. Johnson was nicknamed "the Man with the Golden shoes" in recognition of the custom footwear worn during these races — a pair of Nikes with a left size of 10.5 and a right size of 11.
It's about one-fifteenth as fast as Secretariat
The speed of Secretariat is about 16.80 meters per second.
(at Belmont Stakes, 1973)
Setting a record finish, Secretariat ran the Belmont Stakes — a 12 furlong race length — in 2:24, for an average speed of 16.80 meters per second in 1973. His margin of victory in the race, also a record-setter, was 31 lengths.
It's about one-fifteenth as fast as a Gazelle
The speed of a Gazelle is about 20 meters per second.
(for Thomson's Gazelle, a.k.a. Eudorcas thomsoni, a.k.a. "Tommie", a.k.a. "Tommy")
A Thomson's gazelle can reach speeds of up to 20 meters per second. The gazelle's speed doesn't match that of its chief predator, the cheetah, but a gazelle's endurance usually ensures an escape in distances greater than 500 m (0.3 mi).
It's about one-fifteenth as fast as a Hare
The speed of a Hare is about 20 meters per second.
(for European Brown Hare, a.k.a. Brown Hare, a.k.a. Lepus europaeus, a.k.a. Brown Hare)
The European Hare can run at speeds of up to 20 meters per second. While speed is a factor in their escapes, hares evade their chief predators — wolves, foxes, and golden eagles — by fleeing in a zigzag pattern.
It's about one-fifteenth as fast as a Greyhound
The speed of a Greyhound is about 20.10 meters per second.
(a.k.a. English greyhound) (approximate maximum speed)
Greyhounds reach average race speeds of 20.10 meters per second. Despite their racing prowess, greyhounds are not considered energetic dogs — the typical greyhound race requires the dogs to run for less than 35 seconds.
It's about nineteen times as fast as a Sloth
The speed of a Sloth is about 0.067 meters per second.
(for Brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus)
The three-toed sloth moves along the ground at an average speed of 0.067 meters per second. Long thought to be lengthy sleepers, a 2008 study concluded that sloths sleep an average of only 9.6 hours per day.
It's about one-twenty-fifth as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
The speed of a Knuckleball (baseball) is about 30 meters per second.
(a.k.a. knuckler, a.k.a. floater, a.k.a. dancer, a.k.a. butterfly ball) (major league average)
The average speed of major league knuckleball pitch is 31 meters per second. Eddie Cicotte, who was later implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, is credited with developing the pitch ca. 1906.

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