Gomez Grabs European Title
World number one Javier Gomez won his first European Championship today in Copenhagen, Denmark. He becomes the second Spaniard to win this event and the first since teammate Ivan Rana won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. Gomez also derailed Frenchman Frederic Belaubre’s bid for a third successive European title.
Gomez put himself in good position after the swim, coming out of the water in fifth place, just seven seconds behind defending champion and leader Belaubre.
Swiss Sebastien Gacond led the men off the bike but had 42 men not far behind him as they set out on the 10-kilometer run course. This is where the race would be decided. At the halfway point, the lead group was pared down to Gomez, Jan Frodeno and local favourite Rasmus Henning.
Gomez was a man on a mission and soon set a pace that few could keep up with. Frodeno was his last challenger but the Spaniard soon dropped him and took the bell lap solo. With his usual blistering run speed, Gomez powered through the final lap to win his first European Championship with a time of 1:51:58. He adds the highly coveted title to an already remarkable 2007 season that includes a win in Lisbon and silver medals in Mooloolaba and Madrid.
ETU Triathlon European Championships
1st – Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:51:58 OAKLEY RADAR
2nd – Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:52:15 OAKLEY RADAR
3rd – Daniel Unger (GER) 1:52:30 OAKLEY PRO M