Javier Gomez golden again in Cozumel

By Erin Greene | 06 Oct, 2013
Javier Gomez golden again in Cozumel

Javier Gomez (ESP) finished up his season the same way he started it - winning. Despite soaring temperatures and humidity, Gomez collected his 14th World Cup title with an impressive ocean-side run. Aurelien Lescure (FRA) was second, while Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) took third.

“It was a very tough race. It was extremely hot out there,” Gomez said. “I was dead on the run. The last 1km I tried to hang on and give my all the last 100m. I was sick for a few days this week, so I wasn’t really sure, but I’m happy to win.”

Tommy Zaferes (USA) and Marcus Vinicius Fernandes (BRA) were out of the one-lap ocean swim first, followed by Polyanskiy. The sprint swim did little to break up the long start list, as a massive group of men formed together on the bike.

Pre-race favourites Ben Kanute (USA), Steffen Justus (GER), and Gomez were amongst those in the dense cloud of men. The group continued to swell over the four-lap bike course until the third lap when Gregor Buchholz (GER), Carlos Arcadia (MEX), Travis Johnson (RSA), Fabio Carvalho (BRA) and Oscar David Preciado (COL) engineered a break.

But it wasn’t enough to hold off the golden Gomez, as he shot off as soon as he racked his bike in transition. Despite the unforgiving temperatures, Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) and Polyanskiy answered the pounding pace. Behind them, Lescure began consistently picking off the competition and in a surprising burst of speed, the Frenchman blew past Shoemaker and Polyanskiy, pulling up to Gomez right before hitting the finish chute.

But when the pair crossed onto the blue carpet, Gomez gunned it and left the competition behind him to finish his season with a World Cup win, which is exactly how he started it in Mooloolaba seven months ago. Lescure crossed over just two seconds after Gomez to earn his first World Cup medal since 2011.

“I worked to beat Gomez at the end, but he was too strong – the best in the world,” Lescure said. “I’m not so good at sprint finish, so I tried to make the gap earlier in the race.”

After finishing just off the podium in his last two races, Polyanskiy engaged in a down to the line battle with Shoemaker. In a photo finish, it was determined Polyanskiy earned bronze in 53:31.

Related Event: 2013 Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Cup
06 Oct, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 00:53:26
2. Aurélien Lescure FRA 00:53:28
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 00:53:31
4. Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:53:32
5. Florin Salvisberg SUI 00:53:38
6. Sergio Sarmiento MEX 00:53:45
7. Kaleb Vanort USA 00:53:46
8. Ritchie Nicholls GBR 00:53:47
9. Patrick Rhyner SUI 00:53:50
10. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 00:53:54
Results: Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig SUI 00:57:53
2. Sarah True USA 00:57:58
3. Lisa Perterer AUT 00:58:11
4. Claudia Rivas MEX 00:58:15
5. Joanna Brown CAN 00:58:43
6. Rebecca Robisch GER 00:58:53
7. Charlotte Morel FRA 00:59:03
8. Katie Zaferes USA 00:59:08
9. Lucy Hall GBR 00:59:12
10. Paola Diaz MEX 00:59:30
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