New Delhi: Srinivas Gowda has become a household name in the last week, ever since his record-breaking run, as he covered 100m in reportedly 9.55 seconds, another Kambala jockey Nishant Shetty has completed the same distance in 9.51 seconds.
Nishant Shetty, who is from Bajagoli Jogibettu, recorded a time of 13.68 seconds to run a distance of 143m at Soorya-Chandra Jodukare Kambala at Venoor.
If the same calculation is applied for Nishant as was for Gowda, his time for 100m is 9.51 seconds, which means he is faster than Gowda.
#WATCH - After #SrinivasGowda created a storm by covering 100 metres in reportedly 9.55 seconds last week, now another #Kambala runner Nishant Shetty has taken over Gowda by completing the same distance reportedly in 9.51 seconds. pic.twitter.com/TE8i86zxnO— News18 (@CNNnews18) February 18, 2020
Gowda, on Monday, was felicitated by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and rewarded with a cheque of Rs 3 lakh. In the evening, Gowda was felicitated at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bengaluru.
Gowda has since been dubbed India's Usain Bolt by Netizens,
Gowda, though, speaking to CNN-News18 said: "Usain Bolt has succeeded at world level on track. I am only used to running in fields. The two can't be compared. That's a track event. Here you run with your heels. There it's on the toes."
"I have commitments for a month. So, for the time being, I won't be able to give trials. I will try once I finish these commitments, it is also for my mentor to decide," he told CNN News18.
Kambala is an annual race held in Karnataka where people sprint 142m through paddy fields with the buffaloes.
During the race, the racers try to bring the buffaloes under control by holding their reins tight and beating them , making it amply clear that the animal plays an equally important role in achieving the timing.
Traditionally, it is sponsored by local Tuluva landlords and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.