Cooray in Kenya to train for Rio Olympic marathon

by Reemus Fernando


National marathon record holder Anuradha Indrajith Cooray said that he is preparing to make his third Olympic appearance a memmorable one when he competes at the 2016 Rio Olympic marathon in August.

He said this in an interivew with The Island from Nairobi where he trains alogside some of the world’s best marathoners in preperation for Olympics.

"I have just commenced training. I am training with some of the best in the world. Hopefully I would be able to make my Rio Olympic participation a memmorable one," said Cooray.

The UK based marathoner is the only Sri Lankan to have competed in two Olympic marathons.

While his first appearance was at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the former Sri Lanka Army athlete made a return after a lapse of eight years at the last London Olympics.

He was placed 31st at the Athens Olympic marathon while in London he could secure only the 55th position.

"This (Kenya) is where you should be to train if you want to be faster," he said.

The 38-year-old Cooray earned qualifying standards for the Rio Olympics Marathon when he broke the long standing Sri Lanka national marathon record at the London Marathon in 2015.

Cooray returned a time of 2:13.47 seconds to break legendary marathoner S.L.B. Rosa’s 40-year-old record last year.

Rosa’s record had remained unshaken since 1975.

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