Javier Gomez Noya and Lisa Norden Top Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa


One thing Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya and Sweden’s Lisa Norden have in common: they both just missed out on the top spot this summer in London. Another thing they now have in common: they both became a whole lot richer after winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend. The Hy-Vee is known as the largest purse in international triathlon competition and both athletes secured wins in the 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup division on Sunday.

Gomez Noya, who finished just behind Britain’s Alistair Brownlee at The Games this summer, was able to top the London champion despite treacherous (HOT) conditions in Iowa. Gomez Noya topped America’s Hunter Kemper by a comfortable 38 seconds to secure a purse of over $150,000. Brownlee eventually finished in an unanticipated 14th place. Gomez Noya, Brownlee and Kemper all began the run portion together, however, Brownlee faded quickly and Kemper could not overcome the Spaniard in the end.

“That was the key to the race. Try to fight against the heat,” Gomez said.

On the women’s side, Norden also had a tough American to compete with for the top spot in Des Moines. Sarah Haskins, the winner in Texas, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Chicago, all in 2012, was the clear favorite to win Sunday’s race. Norden had other plans however, as she pressed Haskins to the end. Norden stayed steadily behind Haskins who controlled the majority of the race up to the first of four laps of the run. Norden eventually overcame and held on to win her second consecutive Hy-Vee race.

“It was very warm out there. I just had to look after myself and not do anything stupid,” Norden said. “I was very insecure going into the run. I started this race not knowing if I’d be able to finish or if my body was going to hold on for just another race. And it did.”

Oakley athletes Greg Bennett (USA) and Britain’s Jodie Stimpson both took third place in their respective gender races. Congratulations to Javier and Lisa on their impressive victories in the heat and best of luck during the rest of the season.

5150 Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship
Des Moines, Iowa –Sept. 2, 2012
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Men’s Race
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:51:21 $151,500 OAKLEY
2. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:51:59 $75,000
3. Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:52:24 $50,000 OAKLEY
4. Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:52:46 $25,000
5. Matt Reed (USA) 1:53:24 $20,000
6. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:53:38 $18,000 OAKLEY
7. Josh Amberger (AUS) 1:54:34 $16,000
8. Clark Ellice (NZL) 1:54:46 $14,000 OAKLEY
9. David Thompson (USA) 1:55:18 $12,000
10. Paul Matthews (AUS) 1:55:55 $10,000 OAKLEY

5150 Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship
Des Moines, Iowa –Sept. 2, 2012
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Women’s Race
1. Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:01:59 $151,500 OAKLEY
2. Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:02:50 $75,000
3. Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 2:03:37 $50,000 OAKLEY
4. Angela Naeth (CAN) 2:03:46 $25,000
5. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 2:04:02 $20,000
6. Kelly Williamson (USA) 2:04:26 $18,000 OAKLEY
7. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:04:30 $16,000 OAKLEY
8. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 2:04:44 $14,000 OAKLEY
9. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:05:53 $12,000
10. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:06:04 $10,000