Runner’s High: Javier Gomez Noya Runs His Way To Third European Championship
Triathletes are some of the most amazing specimens on the planet. Challenging their bodies to a swim, bike ride and run, these athletes are tested both mentally and physically while strategically making their way to a grueling finish. Oakley’s Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is the ultimate surgeon when it comes to precision in navigating a tough triathlon course. On a hot, windy day in Eilat, Israel, the Spaniard overcame a massive deficit to run his way to his third European Championship at the 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championship.
Gomez was not the standout competitor from the get go, coming out of the water behind a number of opponents. Strategically keeping himself close enough to the leaders throughout the race, Gomez began his push for the top spot at the beginning of the run portion. Trailing France’s Tony Moulai and Denmark’s Andreas Schilling by nearly 40 seconds coming off the bike, Gomez joined a chase pack on foot consisting of countryman Ivan Rana, Belgium’s Peter Croes and Switzerland’s Sven Riederer, to name a few. Gomez quickly proved why he is one of the best in the business, gaining ten seconds on the runner in front of him on the first lap of the run. By the end of the first lap, Gomez had gained over a minute lead on the runner’s behind him. There was no stopping him from there. By the time the final lap came around, there wasn’t a runner in sight who could challenge Gomez for the championship. Cruising to the finish with a race best run time of 30:20, Gomez claimed the top spot in more than convincing fashion.
“It was a tough race with conditions in the heat and the wind,” Gomez stated. “The course was tough too, it was a very complicated, but I felt good the whole time and I kept pretty solid on the bike. I knew I had energy for the run and although it wasn’t a very fast run, it was the same conditions for everyone, but I managed to push hard on the first lap and make a pretty good gap and then I just kept it. I felt tired but pretty happy.”
Rounding out the podium was Russian duo of Alexander Brukhankov and Ivan Vasiliev. Brukhankov finished a full 20 seconds behind Gomez further, proving his domination on the run.
It was a very impressive performance from Javier. His Oakley family congratulates him on an outstanding day in Isreal!
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:55:48
2. Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:56:08
3. Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:56:42
4. Tony Moulai (FRA) 1:56:47
5. Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 1:56:48
6. Mario Mola (ESO) 1:56:52
7. Franz Loeschke (GER) 1:56:57
8. Dimitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:57:06
9. Aaron Harris (GBR) 1:57:09
10. Aurélien Raphael (FRA) 1:57:13