India’s ‘Usain Bolt’ turns down sprint trial | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 18, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:58 AM, February 18, 2020

India’s ‘Usain Bolt’ turns down sprint trial

A buffalo jockey in India has refused to take part in a track and field trial after his record-setting performance in a traditional footrace drew comparisons with Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt. Srinivas Gowda and his buffaloes ran 142.5 metres in 13.62 seconds, setting a record in the annual race known as Kambala in Karnataka. With a time that equates to running 100m in 9.55 seconds, compared to the retired Bolt's world record of 9.58sec, social media buzz erupted over the chiselled construction worker. But with the Tokyo Olympics looming in July, Gowda politely declined an invitation from India's sports minister to try out at the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore. "Kambala and track events are different and those who have done well in one cannot replicate in the other.

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