The Olympic medalist, five-time ITU World Champion, and two-time IM 70.3 World Champion saw off all comers to win his first full Ironman distance event on 26 October. And, in true Javi-style, he secured top spot by more than five minutes with an impressive final time of 8h18m58s.
Not content with just winning gold, Javi also managed to set a new course record* and laid down a blistering 2h54m44s to set a new running segment record too.
As well as taking on one of the most grueling sporting events known to man, Javi had to endure unrelenting sunshine and searing temperatures, saying afterward it was the “most extreme heat conditions” he had ever raced.
But despite adverse conditions and briefly falling behind second-place finisher Philipp Koutny on the bike segment, Javi battled to victory. Securing his spot at next year’s Ironman World Championships in Kona in the process.
Javi started strongly and managed to finish his 2.4-mile swim (3.86km) swim in the Pantai Kok beach in just 47m17s. He continued to push the pace on the bike ride, covering the 112-mile (180.25km) route in just 4h32m46s, and finished up his 26.22-mile run (42.20km) in 2h54m44s.
“It’s great, it’s my first Ironman Malaysia win,” he said to the New Straits Times.
“It was a tough race, it was sunny all the time and the temperatures were high.
“I had to give my best because Philipp (Koutny) did an amazing job on the bike. I had to catch him, and take some risks at the beginning of the run, but luckily, I could keep up and take the win.
“I set my pace, and I kept my nutrition by eating and drinking. It was difficult because I was struggling in the last six or seven kilometers, but I’m happy to have crossed the finish line.”
*Bryan Rhodes did record a faster time in 2002 but this was on the old Ironman Malaysia course.