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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Animal speed

published on 24.10.2019

On October 12, 2019 the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge managed to break the 2h barrier and finish the marathon in 1h 59’and 40″. The athlete ran through an urban circuit in Vienna, and had the help of other 41 athletes that acted as pacemakers (called “hares” in many countries). He was able to maintain a stratospheric rhythm of 21 km/h for two hours, a speed that most people (even sportman) would not hold even a single minute. But in nature there are much faster animals. The hare reaches 70 km/h. The animal that is traditionally used the most for hunting it is the greyhound dog, which has a sprinter constitution and, like all carnivores, runs a four-stroke gallop with double suspension. Humans, despite sporting feats, we are anatomically designed for walking, and according to a study carried out in the US, walking speed is related to longevity. A joyful step it drives you very far.