The triathlete sponsored by Pamesa Cerámica, Javier Gómez Noya, won the silver medal in the fourth World Series trial held yesterday in the South African city of Cape Town. The Galician’s second place classification gained him the world leadership position, replacing Jonathan Brownlee.
Satisfied with the result, Gómez Noya said he was really happy “because I put everything into it. I felt great in the swimming as I was in the lead, and in the cycling and running too, but I couldn’t keep up with Alistair in the last kilometre. He was stronger at that point and he should be congratulated for that. He fell because I was following Murray who moved to left and I did the same, and Alistair ran into me. Luckily, he got up straight away and as we’ve all seen, it didn’t stop him from winning. We talked at the end and it was clear that what happened was an accident. There are still six trials left for the world title, and although I’ve had health problems I’m in the lead after winning two second places and one third. This gives me confidence for the upcoming trials where I hope my physical condition will continue to improve.
The 740 points from this second place take him into the lead with 2707, followed by Mola con 2273 and Alarza with 2221, quite a coup for Spanish triathlon. The next trial is on May 16 in Yokohama. Gómez Noya will stay in Stellenbosch until Tuesday May 12 with his trainer Carlos Davis Prieto as it is an ideal place to train in the best conditions.