If Dogs Competed In The Olympics

Have you ever tought what it would be if our four-legged buddies competed in the Olympics together with us. Naturally they wouldn’t be able to participate in disciplines in which it’s neccesary to hold, catch or throw various objects, unless there is a competition for catching a frisbee with your mouth for which I don’t know.

Is it possible dogs to be better than us in some of the competitive sports? Whether the most famous athletes worldwide would be people or dogs? If you’va ever asked yourself similar questions, we would gladly answer them and if you’ve not – we are sure that you have found a new theme for reflection.

photo by National Geographic

photo by National Geographic

Having the ability to outrun Usein Bolt

Usein Bolt is the most famous athlete in the world who not only took the gold medals for 100 m., 200 m. and 4×100 m. relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and at the 2012 Olympics in London but he also set world records in all the three disciplines. He proved himself once again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and took the gold for a third time in the three disciplines last month. But would the fastest man on Earth be an Olympic record holder if dogs are allowed to participate in the games? With no doubt the answer is no because Usein’s record for 100 m. is 9.58 seconds with the incredible speed of 49 km./h. and the dogs of the Greuhound breed are well known fot the fact that they are capable of developing the amazing speed of 72 km./h. This four-legged pets will not only take all the gold medals at the Olympics and as well completely dominate in the competitive running.

photo of Cindy by National Geographic

photo of Cindy by National Geographic


And dogs are good at jumping

Of all the representatives of the Greyhound breed we will move to exactly one special – Cindy. She holds the world record for a high jump made by a dog which is 1.72 meters. If we compare it with the Olympic record of 2.45 m. hold by Javier Sotomayor, Cindy’s record appears insignificant. Apparently our four-legged buddies wouldn’t be as good in all disciplines as they are in running. In most of the competitive jumps people repeatedly surpass the skills and the talents of dogs but if you take a look at the results in long jump, the forces are balanced. The Olympic record for a long jump is 8.95 m. set by Mike Powell back in 1991. There is a similar discipline is dogs sports in which the dogs speed up from a 12 m. dock and jump in water. The assessment is similar to that in the Olympics – from 3 jumps it is accapted the best. The record in dock jumping is held by the Belgian Shepherd named Vheobe and is eqaul to 9.57 m. Vheobe is with no doubt one paws ahead of the Olympic record.

photo of Vheobe by San Diego Union-Tribune

photo of Vheobe by San Diego Union-Tribune

Dogs would certainly perform well at the Olympics if their participation was allowed. Also, they will win at least a dozen medals in differend disciplines without a problem but I am convinced that none of them will for achievments of rings or in diving (but a jump in the style of a “fluffy cannon” would not want to be miss).

While we are still wondering if dogs will ever take part in the Olympics, don’t waste your time and hang up a record with your four-legged best friend for most matches in Doglar.

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