Budhia Singh

Budhia Singh

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Budhia Singh is a former child athlete who created headlines as the youngest marathon runner of the country, in the second half of 2000s. His name was listed as the world's youngest marathon runner in the 2006 edition of the Limca Book of Records. He ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of five covering 65 kilometres to create this record, and he took only seven hours and two minutes to complete this distance. It also earned him many titles like Wonder Boy, Marathon Boy etc. It was Biranchi Das, a local judo coach who identified the talent of this poor boy and promoted him. Now he has faded away from everyone’s memory.

 

Budhia Singh was born into a poor family of Orissa in year 2002. He lost his father at a younger age, and his mother sold him to a traveling salesman for rupees 850 when Budhia was only 2 years old. Seeing the ill-treatment towards her son, the mother requested Biranchi Das, a local judo coach to take care of him. One day Das accidentally spotted his talent in running and started training him. Through marathons Budhia came into limelight quickly and also appeared in TV shows. However it was alleged that Das exploited Singh for financial gains, though he denied allegations.

 

A young model Leslie Tripathy used to stalked and given threats by Raja Acharya in 2008 and she sought police protection. Biranchi Das, child trainer of Budhia Singh was murdered by the stalker when he intervened the don’s act. It was nothing to do with his then going rough relationship with Budhia Singh, and later two murderers were sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. biographical film of Singh and Das's relationship, Budhia Singh – Born to Run was released in 2016, which won many accolades including a national award.

 

Published: January 05, 2020

Updated: January 05, 2020

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