A jockey of Kambala (a buffalo race popular in coastal Karnataka, India) has become a media sensation by reportedly crossing the race distance of 142.5 metres in just 13.62 seconds in a slushy paddy field. That equals 100 metres in just 9.55 seconds! In Kambala, the jockey runs alongside the buffaloes, motivating and directing the animals. He is hailed in social media as Usain Bolt of India.
“The credit of my success should also go to my two buffalos. They ran very well. I chased them or drove them,” he told News18.
“I’ll call Karnataka’s Srinivasa Gowda for trials by top SAI Coaches,” Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has tweeted.
Will the 28-year-old be able to translate the success on to track is a million medals question in medals-starved India.