After years of hard work and preparation, Anuradha Cooray took to the streets of Rio de Janiero today competing for Sir Lanka against the world’s best athletes in the Olympic Marathon. It was the final athletics event of this year’s Olympic Games.
We are very proud of Anuradha and delighted to report that he ran a smart race in wet conditions, crossing the finish line in 34th place out of the 140 finishers, in a time of 2:17:06. He started the race towards the back and worked his way through to take 34th spot; he is known for his strong finish and today he did not disappoint.
At the age of 38, Anuradha has said that he would be retiring after the Rio Games, but with such a strong race, it is possible that he may consider running at the World Championships to be held in London next year. He will be taking a decision on that at some point in the near future.
In the meantime, he will return to Aylesbury where he works as Assistant Manager at Greggs in the town centre and get back to training locally for now.