It's about four-fifths as fast as a Bull.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 0.840 times the speed of a Bull, and the speed of a Bull is 1.20 times that amount.(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 0.02 mach. 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 three-fourths as fast as Noah Ngeny.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 0.74380 times the speed of Noah Ngeny, and the speed of Noah Ngeny is 1.3440 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 0.02286 mach. According to some reports, Ngeny did not begin running competitively until just three years before setting the record.
It's about three-fifths as fast as Flo-Jo.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 0.60140 times the speed of Flo-Jo, and the speed of Flo-Jo is 1.6630 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 0.02827 mach. Known as a 200 m runner, Joyner also set a record time in a 100 m race at in 1987.
It's about half as fast as Usain Bolt.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 0.5470 times the speed of Usain Bolt, and the speed of Usain Bolt is 1.830 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 0.0312 mach 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, 0.017 mach is 0.54460 times the speed of Michael Johnson, and the speed of Michael Johnson is 1.8360 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 0.03123 mach 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 times as fast as a Crocodile.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 2.10 times the speed of a Crocodile, and the speed of a Crocodile is 0.480 times that amount.(American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus) (swimming speed)
An American crocodile can reach speeds in the water of up to 0.0084 mach. On land, larger crocodiles can "gallop" when fleeing danger at speeds of up to 0.017 mach.
It's about three times as fast as Michael Phelps.
In other words, 0.017 mach is 2.90160 times the speed of Michael Phelps, and the speed of Michael Phelps is 0.344640 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 0.0058588 mach. Phelps would go on to win nine gold medals individually in the 2008 Olympics - more than all but eight of the competing nations.