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National Zoo Cheetahs Named After Winning Sprinters

As promised, the National Zoo has named its three-month old cheetah cubs after the fastest American man and woman who competed in the 100-meter dash at the Olympics this weekend. The cheetahs are now named Carmelita and Justin, after runners Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin.

Congratulations to the cheetahs for finally getting names, but, as with everything Olympics, there is some controversy.

Gatlin received a four-year ban from track after he tested positive for doping in 2006. Will the cheetah Justin be inspired to cheat in its own races, perhaps in the manner of 1989's Cheetah, which featured a cheetah competing illicitly against dogs at a racetrack? Only time will tell.

Photo by the National Zoo via a Creative Commons license.

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