Javier Gomez returns to short distance racing

Javier Gomez wants to focus on shorter-distance racing again this season with the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020 his main goal, according to reports from several Spanish media outlets.

| January 14, 2019 | NEWS

New focus: Javier Gomez will compete over shorter distances this year, taking a break from the long-distance racing he did in 2018.

New focus: Javier Gomez will compete over shorter distances this year, taking a break from the long-distance racing he did in 2018.

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According to Spain's "El Espanol" news site, the long-distance project for 35-year-old Javier Gomez is over for the time being. His focus is clearly on the Olympic Games next year in Tokyo. After winning the silver medal in 2012 in London, he now wants to do everything possible to realize his dream of Olympic gold. In 2016 Gomez had to pull out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a fall in training where he broke his elbow.

It would appear that Gomez intends to go after another World Triathlon Series title. According to "El Espanol," Gomez will begin his WTS campaign with races in Bermuda, Yokohama and Leeds.

Long-distance World Championships

After finishing 11th at the Ironman World Championship last year, he hasn't ruled out another trip to Hawaii. For the time being, though, he wants to focus on shorter distance racing. He does plan on heading to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, but he will have to qualify for that race somewhere. One exception to his long-distance race schedule - the five-time WTS champion does intend to compete at theĀ  ITU Long Distance World Championships in his home town, Pontevedra.