Gomez and Tondeur perfect on Pontevedra

Javier Gomez takes yet another world title while Alexandra Tondeur captured the women's title at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain.

| May 4, 2019 | NEWS

Javier Gomez ran his way to another world title. (Archive Photo).

Javier Gomez ran his way to another world title. (Archive Photo).

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In January Javier Gomez announced that while he would turn his focus to shorter-distance racing in order to qualify for the Olympics, he was still planning on competing at the the ITU Long Distance World Championshipin his hometown of Pontevedra. It turned out to be a successful move - the Spaniard won his ninth world championship in front of his home crowd in 5:05:39.

Gomez led from the start, coming out of the water in front and riding in the lead pack for the entire 110-kilometer bike course. He used the fastest run split of the day (1:49:50) for the 30 km final leg to secure another world title - 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 compatriot and last year's winner Pablo Dapena Gonzalez in 5:11:21, ahead of Slovenia's Jaroslav Kovačič (5:12:02).

ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships | Men

May 4, 2019 | Pontevedra, Spain.

Name

Country

Total

3 km Swim

110 km Bike

30 km Run

Javier Gomez

ESP

5:05:39

20:23

2:52:35

1:49:50

Pablo Dapena Gonzalez

ESP

5:11:21

20:37

2:52:17

1:55:31

Jaroslav Kovacic

SLO

5:12:02

21:49

2:51:00

1:56:16

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Tondeur tops the podium

The reigning middle-distance European Triathlon Union (ETU) champion, Belgium's Alexandra Tondeur, took the women's title in Pontevedra. France's Manon Genet and Denmark's Camilla Pedersen led the way out of T1 followed by Tondeur. 

Those three arrived in T2 in front, but Pedersen had problems running from the start and had to pull out shortly afterwards. Genet made a mistake with her transition bag and had to serve a one minute penalty, which allowed Tondeur to move in front halfway through the run. The Belgian took the title in 5:48:01, ahead of Spaniard Judith Corachan Vaquero (5:50:06) and her compatriot Anna Noguera (5:51:33).

ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships | Women

May 4, 2019 | Pontevedra, Spain.

Name

Country

Total

3 km Swim

110 km Bike

30 km Run

Alexandra Tondeur

BEL

5:48:01

26:21

3:10:27

2:08:16

Judith Corachan Vaquero

ESP

5:50:06

25:15

3:15:18

2:06:11

Anna Noguera

ESP

5:51:33

25:09

3:15:28

2:07:39

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