TONGALA teacher and elite runner Brady Threlfall burst into Commonwealth Games contention with a stunning run in the Berlin marathon on Sunday.
He smashed his previous best time by almost five minutes, a stunning result at elite level and put himself within reach of the qualifying time used for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
An ecstatic Threlfall said when he was a 2.26 runner any chance of representing Australia was a long shot.
“But now I’m within striking distance. It is important that I sit down and reflect on what’s best for me professionally to ensure I have the best chance to give myself an opportunity to reach that 2.19 standard,” Threlfall told the Ky Free Press from Berlin soon after finishing.
“These opportunities a very rare in a lifetime and I want to throw everything, even the kitchen sink if that helps, at having a crack,” he said.
“But its one thing to run 2.19 and qualify, I then need to ensure I’m still one of the three fastest Australians to do so.
“I wouldn’t want to find I’m in a situation where I run 2.18 but there are three other Australians with 2.15s.
“But I cant worry about that, I need to just worry about myself and making that next improvement.”
Only one Australian was ahead of Threlfall’s 2.21:53 in Berlin, Josh Harris, ran 2.20:28 to finish four places ahead.
The next best Australian was Matt Gibson, 158 places and more than 15 minutes adrift.
While Threlfall knows the hard road is still in front of him he admits he was on a real high when he ran under the Brandenburg Gates and saw how good his time really was.
“That comes in the last 400m and then you hit the finish line,” he said.
“The crowd was huge and it was such a relief to make it. I thought I was on for a time like 2.24 so to see 2.21 on the clock made me quite emotional and proud.
“A lot of hard training and work went into to achieving that and its great when the outcome reflects that because all too often it doesnt.
“That 2.19 was the Rio time and will most likely be the same for the 2017 world championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifier in the next couple of years.
“Everything is heading in the right direction.
“To be 37th in a race of that quality, on such a fast course, is satisfying. Were talking about some of the greatest runners in history, with East Africans filling the first 12 slots and the fastest guys in the world who were racing.
“And I was blown away from the support from back home, I have had so many tweets, Facebook messages and emails.”