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How fast is 996 feet per minute?

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It's about three-fourths as fast as a Bull.
In other words, the speed of a Bull is 1.3 times 996 feet per minute.
(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 1,300 feet 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-thirds as fast as Noah Ngeny.
In other words, 996 feet per minute is 0.6677 times the speed of Noah Ngeny, and the speed of Noah Ngeny is 1.498 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 1,492 feet per minute. According to some reports, Ngeny did not begin running competitively until just three years before setting the record.
It's about half as fast as Flo-Jo.
In other words, 996 feet per minute is 0.5399 times the speed of Flo-Jo, and the speed of Flo-Jo is 1.852 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 1,845 feet 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-and-nine-tenths times as fast as a Crocodile.
In other words, the speed of a Crocodile is 0.53 times 996 feet per minute.
(American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus) (swimming speed)
An American crocodile can reach speeds in the water of up to 550 feet per minute. On land, larger crocodiles can "gallop" when fleeing danger at speeds of up to 1,100 feet per minute.
It's about half as fast as Usain Bolt.
In other words, 996 feet per minute is 0.491 times the speed of Usain Bolt, and the speed of Usain Bolt is 2.04 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 2,030 feet 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.
It's about half as fast as Michael Johnson.
In other words, 996 feet per minute is 0.4889 times the speed of Michael Johnson, and the speed of Michael Johnson is 2.045 times that amount.
(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 2,038 feet per minute 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 two-and-a-half times as fast as Michael Phelps.
In other words, 996 feet per minute is 2.6047 times the speed of Michael Phelps, and the speed of Michael Phelps is 0.38392 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 382.38 feet 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.