A CHESTER student marked his return to action with a creditable 18th place in the men’s Elite category of the London Triathlon – finishing 19 minutes ahead of Formula One world champion Jensen Button.
Oly Stanley, 23, from Upton, has recovered from career-threatening injuries suffered after he was hit by a car during a race in Rossett.
Three years after the accident, he posted a time of 1:54:56 in the capital in an Olympic-standard entry including, five of the top 10 in the world.
The Loughborough University student said: “I was happy with my performance overall but there were good and bad points.”
The former Abbey Gate College pupil, who could not walk pain free until March, added: “I was aggressive on the bike stage, and I think I came fastest out of all the competitors so that was a plus.
“In the run I was just holding on, and the field was stacked, so it shows that I’m not that far off.
“I’ve only just started running for 45 minutes at a time, and I’ve done no track work, so there is still a lot to come.
“In the swim and bike stages I was really aggressive because I knew I might struggle in the run stage.”
Stanley will now compete in World Cup events in Korea and Honk Kong in October.
He will also look to compete in World Cup events in 2011, with the hope of securing enough points to qualify for London 2012, but he is unsure whether he will compete at the Olympics.
“If I’m totally honest with myself, I’m not entirely sure about having a role as just a team player,” said the member of the Great Britain high performance squad.
“I’d have to weigh up whether I want to go to the Olympics if I’m not racing for myself.”