When the name Usain Bolt is heard, it’s recognized.
He is the 6-foot-5-inch, eight-time Olympic gold medalist who also holds the world record in the 100-meter sprint (9.58 seconds) and 200-meter sprint (19.19 seconds). Let’s just say he has earned the title of “the greatest sprinter of all time.”
But what if someone had finally outsprinted the man whose last name has been etched into record books time and time again?
Crazy, right? No way! Impossible!
Well here’s how it happened according to a February 15 Youtube video by Indiatimes titled “Meet Srinivasa Gowda, Kambala Buffalo Jockey India’s Own Usain Bolt.”
A 28-year-old construction worker out of Moodabidri, India, named Srinivasa Gowda sprinted 142 meters in 13.68 seconds during a traditional Karnataka festival called Kambala.
In an article published by Native Planet titled “10 Facts About Kambala Buffalo Race,” the festival is explained.
Kambala is a race in which two farmers, alongside their respective sets of water buffalo, sprint through long fields of slush. There can be anywhere between 20 to over 40 Kambala races between the months of November and March in various coastal regions of Karnataka, a state in south-west India.
Kambala racing has received a large amount of scrutiny from animal activists in the past who claim that it is a form of animal cruelty and that water buffaloes’ bodies are not meant to be raced at such an aggressive level. In November of 2014, India’s Supreme Court decided to ban Kambala racing. However, it has recently returned to Karnataka with strict rules and regulations now put in place to ensure good care of the water buffaloes before and after racing.
Kambala jockeys have assured onlookers and animal activists throughout the years, however, that the water buffaloes are well taken care of. They explained that they are beloved animals that are also extremely healthy because of the diet and exercise the Kambala racing provides them.
But back to Srinivasa Gowda. You know, the guy who just broke the world record.
When mathematicians, who are far more skilled in the field of numbers than I, calculated his time at 100-meter mark of the 142-meter race, they found that it was 9.55 seconds.