Fair Point: Move over please Usain

Usain Bolt celebrates after victory in the mens 4x100m relay day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.
Usain Bolt celebrates after victory in the mens 4x100m relay day fifteen of the London Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.
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STEP aside Usain Bolt.

You might have been proudly hauling around that ‘fastest in the world’ title all summer, but now something has come along that could well knock you off your pedestal.

The robot Cheetah, a new headless machine funded by the US Pentagon, has smashed the world speed record for legged robots by running a whopping 28.3mph on the treadmill. That’s 0.6mph faster than the Jamaican sprinter, pictured.

The record was broken in Massachusetts where robotics company Boston Dynamics are busy developing the robot in partnership with the US Defence agency.

“The Cheetah had a slight advantage over Bolt as it ran on a treadmill,” said a spokesman for the Defence agency.

The project is part of efforts to develop robots for military use and it will be tested in the field next year.

Blummin’ eck. All very ‘I Robot’ isn’t it?