It's about as fast as Usain Bolt.
(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 as fast as Michael Johnson.
In other words, the speed of Michael Johnson is 1.001 times 0.0312 mach.(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 one-and-one-tenth times as fast as Flo-Jo.
In other words, 0.0312 mach is 1.1040 times the speed of Flo-Jo, and the speed of Flo-Jo is 0.90580 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 one-and-one-third times as fast as Noah Ngeny.
In other words, 0.0312 mach is 1.3650 times the speed of Noah Ngeny, and the speed of Noah Ngeny is 0.73260 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 one-and-a-half times as fast as a Bull.
In other words, the speed of a Bull is 0.670 times 0.0312 mach.(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-fifths as fast as Secretariat.
In other words, 0.0312 mach is 0.6160 times the speed of Secretariat, and the speed of Secretariat is 1.620 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 0.0506 mach in 1973. His margin of victory in the race, also a record-setter, was 31 lengths.
It's about half as fast as a Greyhound.
In other words, 0.0312 mach is 0.5150 times the speed of a Greyhound, and the speed of a Greyhound is 1.940 times that amount.(a.k.a. English greyhound) (approximate maximum speed)
Greyhounds reach average race speeds of 0.0607 mach. Despite their racing prowess, greyhounds are not considered energetic dogs — the typical greyhound race requires the dogs to run for less than 35 seconds.