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4-year-old runs 40 miles

May 3, 2006

BHUBANESWAR, India - Cheered by thousands, a 4-year-old boy dubbed "India's Forrest Gump" who was nearly sold by his impoverished mother ran 40 miles Tuesday to enter the country's foremost record book."Budhia Singh completed the distance in seven hours and two minutes, which is an Indian record. This is perhaps a world record too. No other kid at his age has completed a distance of 65 kilometers (40 miles) at one go," said his coach, Biranchi Das.

Critics lashed out at Das. But the coach said doctors had found nothing wrong with Budhia after his run.An Indian human rights group on Wednesday urged action against officials in the state of Orissa who it said had endangered Budhia’s life with the run in sweltering temperatures. Suhas Chakma, the center's director, urged the human rights commission to ensure that a team of medical experts examined the boy, said to train for several hours a day, to assess his health.


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