And He’s Off! Bob the Owl Sprints to Finish Line

Jeff Moore/Splash News Online

updated 07/21/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET

originally published 07/20/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

Who needs to fly when you can dash?

A burrowing owl at the ZSL London Zoo is getting into the Olympic spirit by participating in a 100-centimeter – yes, centimeter – sprint.

Through daily training sessions, Bob has perfected his technique, which involves tucking his wings back and leaning slightly forward as he runs on his tiny feet. The event is part of the zoo’s Animal Athletes presentation, which aims to show off their residents’ natural athletic abilities.

And the six-inch bird is training in style, too: he works out on a custom track created just for him. Perhaps there’s a spot for Bob on the 2016 Olympic team?

To see Bob in action, check out the video below:

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