Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) is no stranger to the top of the podium, but the one race he had yet to win was the ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. That all changed on Sunday as the Spaniard finally captured the gold medal and was able to proudly add WTS Stockholm to the long list of victories.
Finishing the day with an unsurpassed run that brought him into the finish line with a lead of almost a minute, Gomez captured his second WTS win and sixth podium of the season. The win makes his drive to become the first athlete to win five ITU World Championship titles very much alive with just two races in the season left.
Gomez said after the race: “I didn’t feel good with the swim, I was a little bit asleep at the start, so when I knew I was far behind I fought the second lap to move forward a little bit in the swim, I think I was the last person to make the first group on the bike. It was an intense first lap on the bike, and then after that I just worked to keep the distance between the second group. I knew I had a good chance to win the race. I felt pretty good in the run because I could control the pace the whole time, so I am pretty happy.”
Gomez hasn’t won the world title yet but you wouldn’t bet against him especially with the Brownlee brothers both out injured. He’s currently got 4 titles bringing him in line with Britain’s Simon Lessing who won his last championship in 1998.
Highlights of the race are here: