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It's about one-fourth as fast as Michael Johnson
In other words, 17,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.27320 times the speed of Michael Johnson, and the speed of Michael Johnson is 3.660 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 62,250 furlongs per fortnight 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-fifth as fast as Secretariat
In other words, 17,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.1680 times the speed of Secretariat, and the speed of Secretariat is 5.950 times that amount.
(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 101,000 furlongs per fortnight in 1973. His margin of victory in the race, also a record-setter, was 31 lengths.
It's about six times as fast as an Iceberg
In other words, the speed of an Iceberg is 0.20 times 17,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(a.k.a. Berg) (Newfoundland iceberg average)
Moved by ocean currents and wind, icebergs can drift at speeds of about 3,000 furlongs per fortnight. 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-tenth as fast as a Greyhound
In other words, 17,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.1410 times the speed of a Greyhound, and the speed of a Greyhound is 7.09 times that amount.
(a.k.a. English greyhound) (approximate maximum speed)
Greyhounds reach average race speeds of 121,000 furlongs per fortnight. 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 one-tenth as fast as a Gazelle
In other words, the speed of a Gazelle is 10 times 17,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(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 100,000 furlongs per fortnight. 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-tenth as fast as a Hare
In other words, the speed of a Hare is 10 times 17,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(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 100,000 furlongs per fortnight. 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-tenth as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
In other words, the speed of a Knuckleball (baseball) is 11 times 17,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(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 180,000 furlongs per fortnight. Eddie Cicotte, who was later implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, is credited with developing the pitch ca. 1906.