Javier Gómez kept his cool in Mexico’s searing heat, twice coming from behind to seal an ultimately dominant victory at Challenge Cancún. The Spaniard finished in 3:46:36, with fellow On athlete Ruedi Wild (3:50:37) claiming silver in conditions of 96 percent humidity.
Gómez’s finish time was almost five minutes ahead of third-placed Andy Potts (3:51:13). And with his next race in Yokohama, Japan, Gómez admitted Challenge Cancún was an important part of his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
He said: “I had a training camp in Cozumel, not far from Cancún, to acclimatize to the heat and conditions we’ll find in Tokyo. This race was a good test after a good block of four weeks’ training in the heat.”