Srinivasa Gowda Hailed as the Usain Bolt of India, Ran 100 Metres in 9.55 Seconds

Srinivasa Gowda, a man from Karnataka, ran 100 meters in 9.5 seconds during the annual Kambala race.

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Srinivasa Gowda Hailed as the Usain Bolt of India, Ran 100 Metres in 9.55 Seconds

You must have read about Usain Bolt, a former sprinter who holds the world record in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4*100 meters relay. With all these achievements, he is considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. But it seems that India has found its Usain Bolt. 

Srinivasa Gowda, 28-years old, a man from Karnataka, might have created history. It was on February 1, 2020, when this man from Mudbidri ran 142.5 meters in only 12.62 seconds in Kambala (a traditional buffalo race). It means he has covered 100 meters in a mere 9.55 seconds. Usain Bolt holds the record of completing 100 meters in 9.58 seconds. 

The video of Srinivasa running with buffaloes went viral on the internet. The race is traditionally sponsored by households in the coastal districts of Udipi and Dakshina Kannada and Tuluva landlords. Kambara race is held in paddy fields every year, and participants run with a pair of buffalo.

Twitteratis' Reactions on This Achievement

Several people congratulated him on his achievement. Leading businessman Anand Mahindra shared about Srinivasa Gowda’s incredible athlete feats.

P Muralidhar Rao, BJP Secretary, also tweeted, saying that he should be trained so that he could make a name for India internationally. 

Shashi Tharoor urged the Athletics Association Of India to train him for the Olympics. 

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports took to his Twitter handle and said that Sports Authority of India reached Srinivasa, and his train tickets are booked for SAI center. 

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Srinivasa Gowda reacted to this achievement and said, 

“People are comparing me to Usain Bolt. He is a world champion. I am only running in a slushy paddy field. I love Kambala. The credit of my success should also go to my two buffalos. They ran very well. I chased them or drove them."

Several villages organize Kambala in which youth participate with their trained buffaloes. A few years back, this traditional race was banned as it involved jockeys whipping buffaloes. Later, special legislation was passed. 

Some other social media user wrote- 

"True, but physics says something was making him run faster. Anyhow, appreciating his strength."

Someone wrote-

"What a physique... it seems someone carved him from stone... marvelous..."

Another one wrote-

"That's super... If timing is accurate, then it's great discovery #Karnataka."

Some other user wrote- 

"OMG. Is it real? The Indian government needs to look into this man's speed. Can you reach out to the Sports Authority of India or the Sports Ministry?" 

One more user wrote-

"This guy will surely get us a gold medal at the Olympics!"

Final Words

The records can’t be compared as he was running with buffaloes, and the speed was also generated by the animals. But villagers claimed that his timing was faster than Usain Bolt. Also, it is sure that someone is here to compete with Usain Bolt. 

Earlier, Rameshwar Gurjar of Madhya Pradesh came into limelight when he ran barefoot 100 meters in 11 seconds. He was also considered Usain Bolt of India, but he didn’t repeat the same performance at SAI, so his fame vanished. And India has another 8-year-old young talent Pooja Bishnoi, who is a U-10 world record holding athlete and the only Asian girl with 6-pack abs. 

Do you know anyone or have read the story of the local champions that should be trained for the Olympics? If so, then drop your comments below. 


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