Javier Gomez Noya Secures 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Title In London
You couldn’t have asked for a more fitting final to the ITU World Triathlon Series. In a rematch between perennial favorites and 2012 Olympic medalists, Javier Gomez Noya and the Brownlee brothers, the entire world title came down to a final sprint between the sport’s two powerhouses. Gomez Noya was able to outlast Jonny Brownlee, reversing the final medal count at the Summer Olympics just a year earlier at the same venue where the Spaniard took second prize and Jonny won bronze. Unfortunately for the Olympic gold medalist, Alistair Brownlee was hobbled by an ankle injury and couldn’t race with his brother and Gomez Noya to the finish. Mario Mola of Spain took third place in the race.
The victory for Gomez Noya was his third world title, having already secured them in 2008 and 2010. With his win in London, Gomez Noya receieved 1200 points, bringing him above Jonny Brownlee by a 25-point spread, earning him the world title.
“It feels amazing to be world champion, I can’t really believe it,” said Gomez Noya. “It probably wasn’t my day for running, I felt quite tired, so I was just working hard on the sprint, on the last kick. It’s amazing to be champion again, I’m so happy.”
On the women’s side, Oakley’s Non Stanford took both the win and the world title in London this weekend. The 24-year-old Welshwoman threw down a 2 hour, 1 minute, 32 second time to beat Ireland’s Aileen Reid by a 25 second margin. Australia’s Emma Moffat finished the race third in London. With the win, Stanford took home her second series race victory of the season and the overall world title. Oakley’s Jodie Stimpson and Anne Haug rounded out the world title podium.