Sonic bounces around surprisingly fast. The lack of Spin Dash makes the strategy a bit different from that of Sonic 2 (http://tasvideos.org/2037M.html) and Sonic 3 & Knuckles (http://tasvideos.org/1656M.html) runs, since preserving your momentum becomes a lot more important. However, this doesn't prevent the author from achieving crazy velocities even with such a significant limitation. In this run, the game is completed without collecting any emeralds.
This is the ninth publication of this branch, improving on the previous effort (http://tasvideos.org/2629M.html) by 7.88 (473 Frames @60 FPS) (of in-game time), due to even tighter optimization and some new shortcuts.