Javier Gomez wins Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2014

Javier Gomez wins Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Mont Tremblant

Spanish athlete holds off Jan Frodeno to cross the line in 3:41:30, while Britain's Tim Don puts together a solid race to take bronze

There’s just no stopping this man right now – Javier Gomez picked up gold at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant, Quebec yesterday, exactly a week after winning the 2014 World Triathlon Series.

Gomez and fellow race favourite Jan Frodeno (GER) quickly moved to the front of the swim and kept the pace moving fast enough to leave the water 3mins ahead of last year’s winner Sebastien Kienle (GER). Kienle left the water more than 3mins adrift of Gomez and Frodeno, then lost time to a huge lead pack that included Gomez, Frodeno, Tim Don (GBR) and Joe Gambles (USA).

The USA’s Ben Collins was first off the bike, but it was Frodeno who broke onto the run course with the early lead. Trailing by 30secs starting the run, Gomez quickly moved into second and within 5km was only three seconds behind Frodeno. Gomez then surged past the German and crossed the line in 3:41:30, 42secs ahead of Frodeno to earn his first Ironman 70.3 World Championship title. Don put together a solid race and rounded out the podium.

Women's race

Women podium placers at Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2014

In the women’s race, Britain’s Jodie Swallow left the water in first place, followed closely by Swiss athlete Daniela Ryf, before the pair were joined at the front of the bike by Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA). Ryf and Swallow drove the pace through the first half before Ryf made her move, and by 66km she had separated herself from Swallow, Ellis, Luxford and the rest of the field.

Once on the run, Swallow, who came off the bike in second, made things exciting as she managed to gain back a bit of time. But, in the end, Ryf was simply too strong as she finished in 4:09:19, more than 2mins ahead of Swallow. The win added to Ryf’s impressive 2014 campaign which has included a win at the 5150 European Championship, a win in her first Ironman race at Ironman Zurich, a win at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden and a win at Ironman Copenhagen.

Top 10 elite men:

                                                     SWIM              BIKE                RUN              FINISH

1.     Javier Gomez                ESP         00:22:09          02:06:18            01:09:27         03:41:30
2.     Jan Frodeno                  GER          00:22:10          02:05:48            01:10:36         03:42:11
3.     Tim Don                         GBR         00:22:41          02:05:18            01:12:44         03:44:38
4.     Lionel Sanders              CAN         00:26:42          02:04:14            01:11:21         03:46:03
5.     Nils Frommhold             GER         00:22:39          02:05:10            01:14:45         03:46:25
6.     Joe Gambles                 AUS          00:22:58          02:04:54            01:14:55         03:46:34
7.     Tim Reed                       AUS          00:23:02          02:04:52            01:15:12         03:47:07
8.     Bart Aernouts                BEL          00:24:38          02:06:07            01:13:18         03:48:05
9.     Terenzo Bozzone          NZL         00:23:02          02:05:00            01:16:47         03:48:20
10.  Will Clarke                      GBR          00:23:02          02:07:12            01:14:48         03:48:44

Top 10 elite women:

                                                     SWIM              BIKE                RUN              FINISH

1.     Daniela Ryf                    SUI           00:24:04          02:16:46            01:24:30         04:09:19
2.     Jodie Swallow              GBR          00:23:59          02:19:28            01:24:10         04:11:43
3.     Heather Wurtele           CAN          00:26:24          02:21:53            01:22:19         04:14:55
4.     Meredith Kessler          USA          00:24:36          02:22:32            01:24:12         04:16:03
5.     Mary Beth Ellis             USA          00:24:01          02:20:04            01:28:45         04:17:03
6.     Radka Vodickova         CZE          00:24:32          02:25:42            01:23:33         04:17:47
7.     Lisa Huetthaler             AUT          00:26:26          02:25:24            01:22:24         04:18:16
8.     Svenja Bazlen               GER         00:24:34          02:25:35            01:24:30         04:18:48
9.     Rachel McBride            CAN          00:26:33          02:22:30            01:26:39         04:19:52
10.  Magali Tisseyre             CAN          00:24:37          02:25:32            01:26:31         04:20:38

Full results here.

(Images: Nils Nilsen/IRONMAN)


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