Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya Splits Brownlee Brothers With Second Place Finish in London


Going into the Men’s Triathlon in London, Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain was expected to be the victor before the race even began. His main forms of completion – his younger brother Jonathan and Javier Gomez Noya of Spain. The two Brits and the Spaniard, Gomez, led together virtually the entire race, separating themselves from the rest of the pack during 43km cycle. It wasn’t until the closing section of the run that Alistair was able to kick away from Gomez, eventually claiming the victory. Brownlee finished 11 seconds before Gomez, due to some celebrating on the blue carpet with the hometown fans, before crossing the finish line. After serving a late penalty on the run, younger brother Jonathan came across almost 30 seconds behind the Spaniard for third place.

As the two rivals lay on their backs in exhaustion past the finish line, the winner, Brownlee reached across to shake Gomez’s hand. Minutes later they watched as the second Brownlee came across the line third, only to collapse minutes later.

Covering the 54.5-kilometer (34-mile) course in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 25 seconds was unbeatable as the world and European Champion, Brownlee, was too much for Gomez.

“Alistair was pushing the pace really fast,” Gomez said. “I knew I had to try and hang on and that’s what I did. My strategy was to try to keep up as much as I can. The last three kilometers, the pace was too high for me. I was happy with my [second place] …I couldn’t do much more today.”

This year’s course began in Hyde Park and passed through Buckingham Palace, Constitution Hill, Wellington Arch and Hyde Park. This was all three of the men’s first top prize in the triathlon event since it’s induction in Sydney in 2000.


John Ohail


August 09, 2012