Racing in his hometown of Pontevedra, Spain, Javier Gómez was intent on putting in a big performance in front of his fans at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. And Javi, who already has five standard-distance world titles, did not disappoint.
The triathlon legend saw off 39 other elite athletes; beating his nearest competitor by more than five minutes with a time of 5:05:39.
Javi made his intentions clear in the early stages of the race, building up a lead in the shortened 1.5km swim. First to exit the water, he was overtaken during the 110km cycle. But, as he so often does, regained an 18-second lead on the first lap of the run and didn’t look back.
Spurred on by a vocal crowd, Javi dominated all four-laps of the 30km run to add yet another world title to his already packed trophy cabinet.
“It was unbelievable; the crowd was so amazing,” said Javi, speaking to the International Triathlon Union.
“It was so hard, especially that last lap on the run and they pushed me all the way and I am so glad I got this one at home. It was a very special day and I am really happy with my performance.
“It was a tough day. I felt good on the bike, it was a good bike course for me, really hard. I had some energy for the run. Everyone started really fast out of transition and I knew we would blow up, luckily I am the last to do so. I am really happy,” said Gomez.
Tim Don takes Infiniti Tri title
On the same weekend, 1000km across Spain on the Atlantic coast, Tim Don’s incredible comeback from a broken neck continued with victory at the 2019 Infiniti Half Triathlon in Peñiscola.
Tim led from the start, completing the half Iron-distance course in 4:01:34, crushing the course record and crossing the line seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
Tim completed the 1.9km (1.18 mile) swim in 0:25:15, 90km (56 miles) on the bike in 2:17:10, and the 21.1km (13.1 mile) half-marathon run in 1:15:56.
The full story of Tim’s comeback from the car crash that threatened not only his career, but his life is told in On documentary The Man with the Halo.
On the podium – around the world.
A big weekend for On athletes got even bigger as fellow members of Team On stepped onto podiums across the globe.
Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen took second place at Ironman Ocean Australia, completing the Port Macquarie course (2.4-mile [3.86km] swim, 180.25 km [112-mile] cycle and a marathon 42.20km [26.22-mile] run) in 09:17:28. Caroline laced up her Cloudflow to put down a 3:17:45 marathon.
Silver was also Bart Aernout’s reward for a strong race at the Ironman 70.3 event in St. George, Utah, US. A runner up at the 2018 Ironman World Championships, the Belgian looked in strong form as he completed the course in 3:50:58, finishing with a sub-1:15 half marathon.
Andrew Colley of On Zap Endurance was another On athlete putting in big times on the road. Andrew took third at the US Half Marathon Championships, clocking a 1:03:11.
Going long was On’s German trail star Florian Neuschwander. He took on the Wings for Life World Run, which sees racers simultaneously compete around the world to see who can go furthest before a “catcher car” reaches them. Racing in Munich, Florian finished third overall, covering 61.59 km (38.27 miles) before he was caught – just 2.7km (1.6 miles) less than the eventual winner.