Olympics-inspired Google Doodle lets you run the hurdle race

Anyone who’s been caught up in the Olympics coverage from London may have been inspired to discard their sofa and bucket of popcorn in favor of a new life of physical activity. Ten minutes after hauling their weighty paunch from the sofa, a certain percentage of these people will have found themselves right back where they started – slumped in their seat, bucket of popcorn in hand – wondering what on earth had come over them.

If this is you, but you would somehow still like to participate in an event featured in the Olympics, then Google’s latest Doodle could be just the ticket. To take part, all you need are two fit and healthy fingers and access to Google’s homepage.

The Doodle, which appeared globally on Google sites on Tuesday, is an interactive 110-meter hurdle race that, in order to play, requires the enthusiastic bashing of the left and right arrow keys on your computer keyboard. The space bar will also need to be periodically pummeled.

In the real world, the record time for the race stands at 12.87 seconds. After several attempts, I’ve managed to clock a time of 12.9 seconds, though have had to since retire due to chronic cramp in the right index finger. Can you do better?

Since the Olympics started on July 27, Google has been displaying on its homepage a number of new Doodles related to the sporting extravaganza, with today’s being the first interactive Doodle inspired by the London Games.

If you’re reading this after August 7 but would still like to flex your finger muscles, you can find the game here.

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