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Olympics-Sri Lanka's Cooray finishes 55th as Stephen strikes gold

Olympics-Sri Lanka's Cooray finishes 55th as Stephen strikes gold

Sri Lanka's Anuradha Indrajith Cooray secured 55th place in the men's marathon of the XXXth Olympic Games worked off in the British capital here today. His timing of two hours, 20 minutes and 41 seconds was much slower than his career best mark of 2:13.08. Stephen Kiprotich won the race to gave Uganda its second gold medal in Olympic Games, four decades after the initial feat.

Cooray ran the first five km comparatively slow but made a reasonably well progress thereafter. He was placed 84th after the first 5km in 16 minutes and one second, then advanced four places ahead to become 80th at the 15km mark in 48 minutes and 15 seconds, 3.17 behind the leader at that point.

By the halfway mark, he was placed 78th in one hour, eight minutes and 26 seconds. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich was the first to reach the halfway mark in 1:03.15 while Cooray passed the same point five minutes and 11 seconds after him. But Wilson eventually settled for the bronze in 2:09.37.

After the first 25km, Cooray was placed 72nd and then advanced to 67th, 64th and 56th places by 30km, 35km and 40km marks respectively.

Overall, Cooray advanced from 84th place after the first five km to 55th place at the finish line. When Cooray made his Olympic debut eight years ago, he was placed 30th with a time of 2:19.25 at Athens 2004 - more than a minute better than his performance today.

Posted on 2012-08-12 20:03:36
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