Karnataka Man Faster than Usain Bolt
News18
Feb 18, 2020

A Karnataka man is being compared to the fastest man alive Usain Bolt. Watch our latest video for all the details.

Kambala is an ancient, traditional Buffalo race in muddy or slushy paddy fields of  Mangalore and Udupi regions of Karnataka. Many villages organise Kambala in which dozens of enthusiastic youth participate with their best trained buffaloes.28-year-old Srinivasa Gowda is the man you saw in the video. He had taken part in a Kambala event in a village named Aikala in Karnataka. He ran the traditional buffalo race, covering 142.50 meters in just 13.62 seconds. In the last 30 years, nobody has ran so fast in any Kambala event. Gowda has created a record. When this video went viral people were shocked and amazed! They started comparing Gowda to Bolt. Bolt’s world record sprint of 100 meters in just 9.58 seconds.

As Gowda ran 142.50 meters in 13.62 seconds, people simply calculated what his speed would have been for 100 metres. It turned out to be just 9.55 seconds, .03 seconds faster than Bolt’s record.Although the records cannot be directly compared, since Gowda was running alongside a pair of buffaloes and the speed generated was also by the animals. But the race was run in a slushy field, which can only be a speed deterrent.Even without the comparisons, Gowda’s feat is remarkable on its own.Gowda told media persons that, "I love Kambala. The credit of my success should also go to my two buffalos. They ran very well.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group posted on Twitter. “Just one look at his physique & you know this man is capable of extraordinary athletic feats. Now either @KirenRijiju provides him training as a 100m sprinter or we get Kambala to become an Olympic event. Either way, we want a gold medal for Srinivasa! ," 

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju said that the government will help Srinivas Gowda get professional coaching help to help take part in professional tournaments.Under pressure from some animal rights activists, Kambala was banned a few years ago as it involves the jockeys whipping buffaloes to make them run faster.However, then Congress government in Karnataka led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah passed a special legislation allowing it. In some Kambala events, the prize money crosses several lakhs.