Bengaluru: 26 yrs old Anil from Bengaluru created history in Bengaluru yesterday when he broke the 25 yrs old world long jump record of Mike Powell. Anil jumped over a 10 meters long pothole cleanly demolishing the record of 8.95 meters that Powell set in 1991.
Just when nation was feeling low after failing to win any medals in Olympics thus far, this news has come as a source of great joy for the country. Even though the record isn’t recognized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since it wasn’t an official event, Karnataka Government has recognized this achievement and announced a cash reward of 10 crores for Anil. Center government has also chipped in with a cash reward of 5 Crores for Anil.
The 10 meters long pothole has also been cordoned off to ensure nobody fills it up by mistake. As per government sources, all aspiring long jumpers in the country will be trained at that site now.
“This is a source of great pride for the country. Even if the record is not recognized, we now know what our boys are capable of. This also gives us hope that we can win at least 1 Gold medal during the next Olympics in Tokyo. There is no way anyone can come close to a 10 meters leap”, Indian sports minister Vijay Goel said.
Karnataka sports minister, Mr. Pramodh Madhvaraj also wished Anil on the occasion and further said ,”I am already in talks with the authorities to create even more potholes on our roads. This will help even more athletes to come out. Who knows, we may end up wi9nning all 3 medals in the long jump event at 2020 Olympics. I have also asked them to create potholes every close to each other so that triple jump event is also practiced.”
When we asked Anil how he managed to achieve this feat, he said,”Bhai I had bought brand new Gucci shoes just a day before. I was just focusing on ensuring that the shoes don’t get wet in the water accumulated inside that pothole. Kab world record ban gaya, pata hi nahi chala.”