19-year-old Rameshwar Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh was the talk of the town after his video of completing a 100-metre lap in “11 seconds” went viral last week.
Gurjar is currently very optimistic and has expressed his desire of breaking Usain Bolt’s world record if he gets proper training. After watching the video, state Sports Minister Jitu Patwari had invited him to Bhopal last week.
“Usain Bolt made a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 metres race. I am hopeful of breaking it after getting facilities and proper training,” said Gurjar.
Gurjar also went on to reveal that he had been practicing 100m for the past six months after failing to make the cut into the Indian Army due to lack of height.
“I was completing 100-metre race in little over 12 seconds (earlier), but brought down the time to 11 seconds after practising for six months,” he said.
Gurjar is expected to give a trial and tests at the MP State Sports Academy and MP sports minister Patwari has assured to provide training and other facilities to him.
“The rural talent will be selected through state Olympics and they will be provided all essential facilities in the Sports Academy. Apart from this, players will be identified through sports competitions in schools in coordination with the School Education Department,” said Patwari.
Gurjar’s video has become viral on the social media platforms and it caught the eye of BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who on Saturday assured to offer support to the runner.