Barefoot 19-year-old Indian sprinter goes viral, Rijiju promises to arrange his training

Rameshwar Gurjar, a 19-year-old from a family of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, has gone viral on social media after a video shows him reportedly completing a 100-metre dash in 11 seconds.

The video of a barefoot sprinter, Rameshwar Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh, completing a 100-metre lap in 11 seconds has gone viral on social media. On Friday night, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reacted to the video, saying that he would arrange for the 19-year-old to be admitted to an athletics academy in the country.

There may not have been anything official about the lap ran by Gurjar, with the only proof of his 11-second timing being the length of the video. However, those who have seen Gurjar running have been very impressed.

The video was shared by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday night. "India is blessed with talented inpiduals. Provided with right opportunity & right platform, they’ll come out with flying colours to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min. @KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this aspiring athlete to advance his skills!" – he wrote.

Rijiju responded to Chouhan’s tweet minutes later, promising to look into the matter.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh sports minister Jitu Patwari had reacted to the video by saying: "With proper training and gear, he can complete 100 metres in 9 seconds." The minister had also invited Gurjar to state capital Bhopal.

According to reports in local media, Gurjar hails from a family of farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district.

For some perspective on Gurjar’s ’11-second sprint’, the 100-metre national record is held by Amiya Mallick, who has a timing of 10.26 seconds. The gold medal in Friday’s 100-metre men’s sprint at the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala – an event which had some of the most established athletes in the country participating – went to Nuzrat, who had a timing of 10.81 seconds. The current world record is 9.58 seconds, set by Usain Bolt.