His coach thinks he has a “gift” for distance running
America has its fair share of overzealous sports parents–those who push their child to excel to the point of winning a scholarship, or, in the case of Tiger Woods, a PGA championship.
It turns out India is no different. HBO is airing a documentary called “Marathon Boy” about little Budhia Singha, a slum boy from Orissa, India, and his adoptive father, Biranchi Das, who runs a local orphanage and judo hall.
Das buys the boy out of servitude for 800 rupees ($16) and soon discovers the boy has a “gift” for long-distance running. While being coached by Das, Singh runs an astonishing 48 marathons before the age of 5. Das then makes Singh run a 42-mile race in oppressive heat nearly killing him.
This gets the attention of child-welfare agencies who get involved.
Das had originally discovered his little athlete’s talent by making him run as a punishment for swearing.
“The kid has such an abundance of stamina,” says Das. “He is 100% determined. He is inching toward perfection.”
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