Javier Gómez’s appearance at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Cairns, Australia, marked a debut in full Ironman distance racing for the reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion.
Among a tough field in Cairns, Javier showed he has what it takes to compete at this level, going under eight hours at his first attempt. The Spaniard finished in 07:56:39, completing the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim in 00:46:42, the 112-mile (180.25 km) cycle in 4:25:09 and the marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run in 02:41:03.
The winner on the day was New Zealand’s Braden Currie, who set a new course record with his time of 7 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds.
Passing the test
With his sights set on the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October, Javier selected Cairns for his first test over the full distance to mirror Hawaii’s hot and humid conditions. As the current Ironman 70.3 world-title holder, Javier has now secured qualification for the Ironman Worlds by completing a full-distance event.
Speaking after the race, Javier was pleased with how his first test at this level had gone.
I’m very happy with the performance. I learned a lot but there is still a lot to adjust. I now know I need to focus more on nutrition and pacing – on the bike, and especially on the run.
With this major milestone a under his belt, Javier is already looking ahead to the next events on the road to Kona.
“First I’ll recover with a hot shower and a big burger and will put my feet up. I’ll then have some easy training in the coming days.
After that I’m planning some Ironman 70.3 races, maybe the European Olympic-distance Triathlon Championships and then the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
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