Javier Gomez - Triathelon
Born on March 35, 1983 in Basel, Switzerland, Francisco Javier Gomez Noya is a professional triathlete who will be representing Spain in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. As one of the best athletes competing in the triathlon in the world, the man known simply as Javier Gomez excels at all three phases of the competition: cycling, swimming and running. Gomez was the favorite to win in the Olympics in 2008, but after suffering from a stitch, he placed fourth.
Although Gomez was born in Switzerland, he moved back to his parents’ native Spain shortly after and now lives in Ferrol, Galicia. When healthy, Javier is considered the preeminent triathlete and is a heavy favorite to win gold at the Olympic Games in London. Predictions are meaningless, of course, but Gomez, only 28, is in the prime of his career and is competing better than ever.
To run down the list of victories Javier Gomez has earned, you would be reading for a long time. In an eight-year span from 2002 to 2010, Javier competed in 57 different ITU events, earning 23 first-place finishes and placing in the top 10 an outstanding 54 times. He also holds 12 silver and 4 bronze medals, including medals for World and Continental championships. What’s most impressive about Gomez’s abilities is that the harder he’s pushed, the better he seems to do.
When he participates in large events, Gomez is one of the fiercest competitors out there. His domination on a world stage began in 2006 with the ITU World Cup. He finished first overall in this particular triathlon and then repeated the feat the very next year. He would also win a silver medal at the ITU World Championships in 2007.
2008 was all about Javier. Winning the ITU World Championships and the World Cup, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Gomez would finish the clean sweep and win Olympic Gold in the triathlon. Amazingly, Gomez was still able to finish in fourth position after suffering a crippling stitch injury.
Javier’s next big win would come at the ITU World Championships in 2010. The best in the world compete at these events, and every athlete in the competition knows that Gomez is the man to beat. Even with a target on his back, he still managed to win his second World Championships. He would drop down to third position in 2011 and take home the bronze, but no one doubts Gomez’s resolve or ability. He is still the favorite to win the triathlon in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
- 2006 ITU World Cup – Gold
- 2007 ITU World Cup – Gold
- 2007 ITU World Championships – Silver
- 2008 ITU World Cup – Gold
- 2008 ITU World Championships – Gold
- 2010 ITU World Championships – Gold
- 2011 ITU World Championships – Bronze
- 2012 Summer Olympics – Silver