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Javier Gomez closes the World Championships with a win at home

Four podium finishes for Canada on the final day of competition

On April 27th, Javier Gomez made his return to racing on the World Triathlon Series (WTS) with a silver medal at WTS Bermuda. Less than a week later, he was at the ITU World Long Distance Championships in his hometown of Pontevedra. Marked as one of the pre-race favourites, Gomez was going up against Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) and a host of European talent.

Gomez led from start to finish. He spent all day out front in the lead group and used the fastest run split of the day (1:49:50) to take the win. The Spaniard won his ninth world championship in 5:05:39. He’s won five ITU WTS world titles, two 70.3 world championships, the Xterra world title and now an ITU long course world championship. Second place went to Pablo Dapena Gonzalez in 5:11:21. Slovenia’s Jaroslav Kovačič (5:12:02) finished in third.

Photo: Wagner Araujo | ITU Media

The 2018 European Triathlon Union (ETU) champion, Alexandra Tondeur (BEL), took the women’s title in Pontevedra. She crossed the line in 5:48:01, ahead of Spaniard Judith Corachan Vaquero (5:50:06) and Anna Noguera (BEL) (5:51:33).

Photo: Wagner Araujo | ITU Media

On the same day, the aquabike age group athletes joined those completing the long-distance triathlon. In total, over 50 Canadian athletes competed on May 4th. Here are Canada’s top ten results:

  • Aquabike
    • Danika Robson 3rd in F20-24
    • Isaac Chung 1st in M20-24
    • Nick Patenaude 2nd in M25-29
    • Sarah Hamadi 9th in F30-34
    • Holly Hopkins 10th in F30-34
    • Samantha Hoft 5th in F35-39
    • Melissa Cooper-Vanderbolt 10th in F40-44
    • Paul Blatter 9th in M40-44
    • Barbara Petryshen-Kozak 6th in F45-49
    • John Turnbull 7th in M50-54
    • Elizabeth Seiffert 5th in F55-59
    • Keith Kendall 10th in M55-59
    • Thea Jacobs 3rd in F60-64
  • Long Course
    • Hannah Zhang 5th in F20-24
    • Nathan Blanchard 7th in M20-24
    • Line Vaillancourt 6th F40-44
    • Jacques Adam 9th in M65-69