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Faster than Usain Bolt? Srinivas Gowda covers 100 metres in just 9.55 seconds during Kambala race

By Puneet Sharma
Faster than Usain Bolt? Kambala racer Srinivas Gowda covers 100 metres in just 9.55 seconds

Bengaluru, Feb 14: Karnataka man Srinivasa Gowda is a hot topic on the social media for reportedly running faster than Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt.

Srinivasa Gowda, a 28-year-old Kambala jockey from Moodabidri near Mangaluru, has caught the imagination of the fans after he set a new record by becoming the fastest runner in the Kambala race. Kambala is a traditional buffalo race in the Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts' farming community.

Apparently, during the Kambala race, Gowda covered the first 100 meters of the 143-meter-long race in a smashing record time of just 9.55 seconds, enough to compare him with the legendary Jamaican athlete.

In total, Gowda covered a distance of 142.5 meters in 13.62 seconds to emerge as the fastest runner in the history of the sport. Gowda has bagged a total of 29 prizes in the 12 races he participated in this year.

The previous record was set in Aladangadi near Belthangady. A school dropout and construction labourer in the off-season, Gowda has always been passionate towards buffalo races and started actively participating in his passion about five to six years ago.

Bolt - who is hailed as one of the greatest athletes of all time - created the world record of 9.58 seconds and 200-meters, at 19.19 seconds at the 2009 World Athletics Championships final in Berlin, Germany.

Srinivasa, however, technically did not break Bolt's record because the legendary sprinter ran 100-meters in 9.55 seconds.

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Story first published: Friday, February 14, 2020, 16:10 [IST]
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