(Last Updated on : 29/08/2011)
Buddhia Singh, six years old shot to fame when he completed an uninterrupted sixty five kilometer marathon from the Jagganath temple in Puri
to the CRPF campus in Bhubaneshwar
on 2nd May, 2006.
He has become the youngest marathon runner in the world and has managed to make it into the Limca Book of Records. His coach was Biranchi Das who has been arrested on charges of exploitation and torture of the child on August 2007.Buddhia has been embroiled in a controversy since he set a world record.
His running ability has made him into a celebrity and as a result he has even appeared in many television commercials. These commercials and popularity of Budhia's fame have allegedly resulted in a significant financial gain on the behalf of Late Mr. Biranchi Das, Budhia's coach. Scoops and controversies over the nature of these gains have actually led to accusation of deprivation against Mr Das and an official inquiry by the Indian child welfare official was unveiled on 4th January 2006. However, Mr Das refuted the allegation.
Budhia Singh on 2nd May 2006 completed 65 kilometre run from Chapandie temple to Bhubaneshwar in seven hours, two minutes.
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