Best of 2014: Gomez continues to rewrite history

Best of 2014: Gomez continues to rewrite history

By Erin Greene on 02/01/15 at 8:09 am

Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee returned to the top of the podium today with an emphatic win at the ITU World Championship Grand Final. Brownlee was in a league of his own to secure his...

Javier Gomez Noya has been rewriting ITU history practically from the start of his triathlon career, and this year was no different. Gomez began his campaign for yet another world title at the very first race of the year when he sprinted by rival Jonathan Brownlee on the run in Auckland.

Another emphatic win in Cape Town solidified the message that Gomez was leaving nothing to chance this year. Despite both Brownlee brothers lining up in Yokohama, Gomez kept his winning streak alive for a third consecutive title. Two more podium finishes, including a win in Chicago, meant the world title was Gomez’ to lose.

While Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee returned to the top of the podium with an emphatic win at the ITU World Championship Grand Final and Mario Mola out sprinted his compatriot to grab silver, bronze was good enough to earn Gomez a fourth World Championship title matching only the great Simon Lessing.

“It’s just amazing I remember my first international race in 2002. He (Simon Lessing) won the race and I got sixth. After 12 years now – four time World Champion. I can’t believe it.

“I knew I had to be with Jonny all the time. When Alistair broke away it was not my role. I just stayed there and saved energy for the run and tried to secure the world title,” said Gomez.