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India’s very own Usain Bolt? Karnataka buffalo Jockey completes 100m run in 9.55 seconds

Gowda was aided by the buffaloes pulling him along but he also had to overcome the struggles of running on a slushy field.

Bangalore: Srinivas Gowda was relatively unknown outside of the Kambala circuit in Dakshina Kannada. He has now shot to fame after a record-breaking performance at a Kambala racing event in Aikala in the district.
According to the event, Gowda, 28, ran 142.50 meters in 13.62 seconds, considered the fastest run in the traditional buffalo racing sport. People also compared his performance to Usain Bolt after calculating that the man from Dakshina Kannada ran 100 meters in 9.55 seconds, which is 0.03 seconds faster than the Jamaican world record holder.
“I never thought I would run this fast. The buffaloes were quick and I followed them,” says Srinivas. When questioned about the feat. Gowda was aided by the buffaloes pulling him along but he also had to overcome the struggles of running on a slushy field.
He hails from Mijar in Dakshina Kannada, Srinivas is a construction worker during the off-season. But from November to March, when Kambala races are traditionally held, he focuses solely on taking part and winning Kambala events.

Kambala is a traditional slush-track buffalo race which is popular in the coastal districts of Karnataka. In these races, a pair of buffaloes tied to a plough run in parallel slush tracks, with a farmer controlling them.

Gowda said “I mainly exercise and swim every day. Once a week, I practice running on the slushy track,”. This regiment was enough for Srinivas to break records documented in the traditional sport.

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