Triathlete legend and On athlete Javier Gómez took first place at the Medium Distance Spanish Triathlon in Bilbao on September 27. Having recently won the Triathlón Ciudad de Santander just two weeks prior, Javier was ready to race again despite the less than ideal weather conditions.
The race started with the 1,9km swim, followed by a 82,5km bike section and finished with the 21km run. Managing to overtake the competition, Javier won the race in a time of 3:37.25.
Not only was it a win for Javier, but also his wife Anneke Jenkins, who competed (and won) her first-ever middle-distance race.
We caught up with the world champ for a post-race chat.
On: Congrats on another great win. How did you feel going into the race?
Javier: “In the uncertain times we’re facing, racing is something special. It’s all about the feeling and passion of doing what you love. It has been a big challenge for race organizers to make these events happen.
I’m grateful for the races I’ve been able to compete in these past few months, which have allowed me to test my fitness levels again.
How did the race go for you? Talk us through it.
“The swim was a bit hard, it was a cold day with adverse currents in the first part. My race number was 16, so I had to overtake many athletes before finding my pace. The bike was a bit extreme due to the very rainy and windy conditions on a tough course with hills and rolling sections. But I managed to lead the course and reach T2, leading by two minutes.
"I enjoyed the run – I felt good and could save some energy for the end. And in the Bask Country, the atmosphere on the streets is always very supportive.”
How did it feel to cross the line first?
“As I said, just being on the start line is very special, so imagine crossing the finish line and winning the race. I really appreciate being able to do what I love to do – racing.
"But my best feeling was when Anneke – my wife – crossed the line and won the race in her category. It was her first-ever middle-distance race. That made it a super cool day for me.”
It was a big weekend for On athletes all around.
On the European front, Olympian Nicola Spirig won the Swiss Triathlon Championship in the Cloudrush. Also in Switzerland, our South Sudanese long-distance runner Dominic Lokinyomo took second place in the 10km with a PB of 28:38.
Across the border in Austria, another Swiss triathlete superstar Ruedi Wild took on the Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon, placing third overall.
And our Belgium bullet Bart Aernouts won the 3MD Triathlon Dendermonde, while Bob Haller outraced his competition at the Luxembourg Triathlon. Over in the UK, Tim Don and Fenella Langridge both placed third at the Outlaw Triathlon, in their respective categories.
Down under, our charismatic Aussie Josh Amberger completed the Ironman Cairns podium in third place.
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