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Rudolph ‘Blaze’ Ingram video: seven-year-old runner tipped to be next Usain Bolt

Florida child sprinter smashes USA track and field record for his age group

A seven-year-old US boy dubbed the “fastest kid in the world” has become a viral sensation after a video was posted online showing him finishing a 100-metre sprint in just 13.48 seconds.

Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram, of Tampa in Florida, “smashed” the USA track and field records for his age group in the race on Sunday, reports local news network ABC Action News.

The 100-metre world record for any age group is 9.58 seconds, achieved in 2009 by legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt - with whom Blaze is being compared.

"It feel great, anyways I trained for it,” the boy said.

The video of his feat at a Tampa race track was posted on his Instagram account, which has more than 300,000 followers.

His father, Rudolph Ingram Sr., wrote in the caption: “Proud To Say My Son Maybe The Fastest 7 Year Old In The World. To The Top Love All Those Hours Of Training Payed Off.”

The Daily Mail reports that the youngster can also sprint 60 meters in only 8.69 seconds.

His father said that what sets Blaze apart from other sprinters his age is his “drive and work ethic and competitive mentality”.

“He does not like to feel like a loser. He wants to win,” he told reporters, adding that his son’s dream was to play in the US National Football League (NFL).

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