Vale long-distance runner Anuradha Cooray smashed his marathon record this week, sparking expectations he may be set to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
Cooray, who originally hails from Sri Lanka, is a member of Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club and was selected to run in the IAAF accredited marathon competition in Pune, India.
In the race, which took place at the weekend, Cooray not only smashed his own club marathon record, but he also competed exceptionally well on the international stage.
Running in temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, Cooray ran a brilliant race to finish in 10th position overall among a talented international field.
He finished with a time of two hours 18 minutes and 41 seconds, his second fastest race of all time, and the first on his home continent for nearly six years.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the amazing time means Cooray has qualified for the Olympics.
The runner is currently travelling back from India.
> Read next week’s Bucks Herald to find out if the Vale’s very own Cooray will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics.