Madhya Pradesh’s barefoot sprinter, Rameshwar Gurjar, who had gone viral on social media earlier this week, finished last in a trial run conducted by the Sports Authority of India and the state government in Bhopal on Monday.
Gurjar, whose video went viral on social media in which he is seen completing a 100-metre lap in “11 seconds”, had expressed optimism of breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds if he gets proper training.
Defending the 19-year-old sprinter after his poor performance in the trial, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted saying “Gurjar’s trial run was conducted at T T Nagar Stadium by senior coaches of SAI and State Govt. Here, Rameshwar is seen running at extreme left. He is exhausted due to the glare of publicity so couldn’t perform well. Will give proper time and training to him.”
Gurjar has studied up to Class 10 and could not go to college due to his family’s weak financial condition. His “11-second-run” video was shared by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, which led to Rijiju making a promise to arrange for the 19-year-old to be admitted to an athletics academy in the country.
The national 100m record is 10.26 seconds, set by Amia Kumar Malik in 2016, as per the Athletics Federation of India website.