MP sprinter eyes to break Usain Bolt's record if 'properly trained'

BOPAL: Rameshwar Gurjar , the 19-year-old Madhya Pradesh runner, whose video went viral on social media last week in which he is seen completing a 100-meter lap in 11 seconds, has expressed optimism about breaking the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt The world record if you receive the right training.

In the video, Gurjar, who comes from a family of farmers in the Narwar village of Shivpuri district, was seen running barefoot.

After watching the video, state sports minister Jitu Patwari invited him to Bhopal last week.

Gurjar arrived in Bhopal on Saturday and met with the minister.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Gurjar said, Usain Bolt made a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 meters race. I am hopeful of breaking it after getting facilities and proper training.

Gurjar also said he has been practicing a 100-meter race for the past six months, after making a failed attempt to join the Army, since he could not meet the minimum height requirement.

He was completing a 100-meter run in just over 12 seconds (before), but I reduced the time to 11 seconds after practicing for six months, he said, adding that he had to face physical problems due to a poor diet.

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had on Saturday assured support to Rameshwar Gurjar.

Friday, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan I had taken Twitter to share the video of Gurjar.

While labeling Rijiju, Chouhan had tweeted: India has been blessed with talented people. With the right opportunity and platform, they will come out with great success to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min. @ KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this athlete vacuum to advance her skills!

In his response, Rijiju had tweeted: Ask someone to bring it to me @ChouhanShivraj ji. I will make arrangements to put it in an athletic academy.

Gurjar is expected to conduct a trial and testing at the MP State Sports Academy during his stay in Bhopal.

Parliament's sports minister, Patwari, assured him of training and other facilities.

Rural talent will be selected through the state Olympic Games and all essential facilities will be provided at the Sports Academy. In addition to this, players will be identified through sports competitions in schools in coordination with the Department of School Education, Patwari said.

Gurjar has studied until class 10 and could not go to university due to the weak financial situation of his family.

The current men's world record in the 100-meter race is 9.58 seconds, set by Usain Bolt in 2009.

The national record is 10.26 seconds, set by Amia Kumar Malik in 2016, according to the Athletics Website of the Federation of India.