Last week, India found its Usain Bolt in Srinivasa Gowda, who created a stir on social media by running for 100 metres in 9.55 seconds. Now, if reports are to be believed, athlete called Nishant Shetty has broken his record by completing the distance in 9.51 seconds.
Kambala race— Lilly लिल्ली ಲಿಲ್ಲಿ 🇮🇳 (@LillyMaryPinto) February 19, 2020
Nishant Shetty creates new 100 mtrs record
Another Kambala runner Nishant Shetty breaks Srinivas Gowda record, by completing the same distance in 9.51 seconds.@KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/phCCacVAt0
Yet another Usain Bolt emerged from Kambala !— Vishweshwar Bhat (@VishweshwarBhat) February 18, 2020
Nishant Shetty broke the record of Srinivas Gowda. Shetty ran 143 meters distance in 13.61 seconds whereas Gowda took 13.62 seconds to cover 142.5 meters. pic.twitter.com/1BoX0hbmXO
Gowda was participating in Kambala, a traditional Karnataka sport that involves people (called jockeys) running with buffaloes.
He completed 142.50 metres in 13.62, which, if calculated for 100 metres - turned out to be 9.55 seconds. This was 0.03 seconds faster than Usain Bolt's record-breaking 9.58 seconds.
#WATCH - Srinivasa Gowda from Karnataka ran 100m in 9.55 seconds at a "Kambala" (buffalo race). He was faster than Usain Bolt who took 9.58 seconds to create a world record. pic.twitter.com/rrbf3lxnpn— News18 (@CNNnews18) February 14, 2020
The jockey quickly became a national sensation and was even invited for trials by the Sports Authority of India.
In a good news, Nishant Shetty has broken his record in less than 4 days by running 143 metres in 13.61 seconds. Which suggests that he completed first 100 metres in 9.51 seconds.
Nishant Shetty, from Bajagoli Jogibettu, was participating at Soorya-Chandra Jodukare Kambala.
With this, the number of runners to complete a 100 metres in less than 10 seconds has become 4.
This includes: Iruvathur Anand with 9.57 seconds, Akkeri Suresh Shetty with 9.57 seconds, Srinivas Gowda with 9.55 seconds and Nishant Shetty with 9.51 seconds.
4 Kambala participants have joined the elite club of people who have completed 100 metres race in less than 10 seconds.— Lilly लिल्ली ಲಿಲ್ಲಿ 🇮🇳 (@LillyMaryPinto) February 19, 2020
Iruvathur Anand (9.57 secs),
Akkeri Suresh Shetty (9.57 secs), Srinivas Gowda (9.55 secs) &
Nishant Shetty (9.51 secs).