Javier Gómez Noya vs Jan Frodeno & Alistair Brownlee at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in South Africa

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At last the duel of the century has arrived, Javier Gómez Noya will defend his title against two other big triathletes, Jan Frodeno and Alistair Browlee.

Three of the best triathletes of the 21st century are the favorites for the victory in the IM 70.3 World Championship, while in the women's category Daniela Ryf It is the great favorite. Emilio Aguayo will be the other Spanish PRO on the departure list.

The 1 and 2 days of September, the South African town of Nelson Mandela Bay will host the 13th edition of the Ironman World 70.3. It will be the second time that the competition is held in two days, competing girls on Saturday and boys on Sunday.

The South African event will be one of the most important medium-distance triathlons of all time, thanks to the trio of the Barhain Endurance team Javier Gomez Noya, Jan Frodeno y Alistair Brownlee. Between the three they add 7 world-wide ITU, 3 Olympic oros, 3 world-wide of Ironman 70.3 and 2 World-wide of Ironman ... among other many titles and medals.

Javier Gómez Noya He faces another great challenge in his sports career, being the first triathlete (in the men's category) to get triple world champion. He won the title in 2014 and is the current world champion.

Meanwhile Jan Frodeno leads from 2014 unbeaten  (precisely the World Cup won by Noya where the German was second) in Ironman 70 circuit tests.3 For its part Alistair Brownlee she is as incognito as always although she counts her three participations in tests of IM 70.3 with victories. When the Briton is at 100% it is practically unbeatable but a few weeks ago in the European Championship of Glasgow he was not seen fine and "only" could be 4º.

In addition to Not now, Frodeno y Brownlee, there are other candidates to fight for the medals, such as the current world runner-up Ben Kanute, Sam Aplleton, Rodolphe Von Berg o Tim Reed. Meanwhile Emilio Aguayo debuts in an Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The event in South Africa will be the most important competition of the CDM triathlete - CL Avant Montcada and will be the first Valencian to compete as a PRO in a World Cup of this specialty.

As regards the female category Daniela Ryf It is the great favorite. The Swiss is facing a huge challenge, currently has 6 world titles (3 Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 3) ... in case of repeating this year these triumphs, summary 8 universal gimped, equaling the world 8 (all of them Ironman) of the mythical Paula Newby-Fraser.

The test will have a huge level, with many candidates for silver and bronze: Lucy Charles, Barbara Riveros, Emma Pallant, Sarah True, Melissa Hauschildt, Helle Frederiksen or Anne Haug They are the aspirants to the podium.

The women will compete on Saturday 1 in September and the start time will be 7: 30 in the morning. The Sunday shift for men with the same departure time, the 7: 30.

Male and female start list

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