He was only announced as a competitor a week ago, maybe somewhat surprisingly, but it was immediately clear that the Spaniard Javier Gomez would fight for the title at Ironman 70.3 Pucon. This was proved to be the case today, when he just actually managed to secure the title with relative ease.
For the objective follower it was still exciting for a while, because after the swim – in which Gomez was in a leading group of three and came out of the water after 24:11 minutes – the Spaniard disappeared from the athlete tracker. It seemed that he had had to abandon the race due to a crash or mechanical problems, but in T2 he suddenly reappeared in the statistics and it appeared that he could start the half marathon in a leading group of five athletes. Gomez’s bike time of 2:10:42 was not remarkably fast, but it was more than enough to consolidate in the leading group.
During the run, he immediately managed to run away from his competitors and finish the race in style. With a running time of 1:10:04 – quite impressive – he rushed to victory in a final time of 3:50:54. Argentine Luciano Taccone followed in second at 1:57 minutes behind and Brazilian Reinaldo Collucci – on paper the biggest opponent for Gomez – became third at 7:17 minutes behind.