There are lots of great dog breeds for runners, but pugs generally aren’t considered ideal. With their squished-up faces, squat little legs, and propensity for paunch, pugs are usually more apt to lounge under a tree rather than join you on the trail.
So when we heard about the pug race at the 9th International Pug Meeting held in Berlin on Saturday 18 August, we were more than a little intrigued. Turns out, there was something major on the line: Emma the pug’s third straight title.
And she didn’t disappoint: The 4-year-old pug sprinted down the 50-meter track to win gold, finishing in 5.87—a time quick enough to beat the other 70 pugs who braved the competition, according to German international broadcasting outlet DW.
It’s no surprise, really. Emma has been described as the “Usain Bolt of pugs,” the outlet reports.
Her owner, Angela Kaiser, said she hopes that the win shows others that pugs really can be agile creatures, according to DW.
And no need to worry about the health of the competitors: with the hot temps on Saturday in Berlin, the race organisers made sure there were plenty of water stations available to keep the pug racers hydrated and happy.
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A version of this article appeared on Runnersworld.com