Joe Gambles runs to the podium in Penticton

A year ago he thought his career might be over due to an Achilles injury, but Joe Gambles overcame that to take a bronze medal at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Penticton, B.C., Canada.

| September 1, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

After injuring his Achilles at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship last year, Joe Gambles thought his career might be over. Last weekend he proved to himself nothing could be further from the truth with a brilliant bronze medal at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Penticton, B.C., Canada. TriathlonWorld.com caught up with the Aussie at the finish line in Penticton.

Nice work running your way to the podium.

Yeah, only in the last 3 km. Andy (Potts) ran on to my shoulder with 4 km to go and I wouldn’t let him past. If he went past, he was going to drop me. I caught (Sylvain) Sudrie. He and I go way back. We’re not the closest of friends, lets just say that. When I caught him it gave me a bit more grunt and I just kicked into another gear and went for home. It was a long way to go for home, three km, but I was able to stay strong. It was reminiscent of Cairns (where he finished second), just running that last 10 km faster than the first two was the key.

I raced this race two years ago in Motala (Sweden) and I just got slower and slower. I was in second, then seventh. This time I ran the last 10 km faster than the first two. It’s hard to do because you have to be patient, but it was the way for me, to make the podium.

What does it mean to make the podium at the worlds?

If you’d asked me this time last year if I’d make the podium when I couldn’t even run a step – I hurt my Achilles at world 70.3 last year and I didn’t run a step until November. It was a long winter of getting strong and I still have work to do, but I am really happy. I thought it was career ending this time last year but now I’m back to my best. Who knows, maybe I’ll race until I’m 40 now.