Interview with Javier Gómez Noya «In London I will go out for gold»

Here we leave you an interview conducted by the newspaper el mundo.

Francisco Javier Gómez Noya (Basel, 1983) is the most successful Spanish triathlete of all time. The professional record of the Ferrol athlete, who has won practically everything at the international level, has, so far, a shortcoming: an Olympic medal. Gomez Noya, double champion of Europe and the World, has put the closure to this pre-Olympic season by imposing authority in an important test of the professional circuit, corresponding to the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series, held this month in Dallas (United States). A triumph that has allowed the Galician triathlete to finish the course in the third place in the world ranking.

After a somewhat irregular season in terms of results, Gómez Noya will begin his preparation next November with his eyes set on the London Olympic event, the perfect setting to try to win a metal and write, incidentally , a new golden page in the living history of this sport.

He put an end to the season by reaping an important victory in Dallas. As events have unfolded this past year, would you say that this victory is more moral than sporting?

There is no doubt that everything that is winning contributes to reinforcing the psychic facet of an athlete. When you have been in a sport like this for many years, performing at the highest level at all times is very difficult. Looking at things in perspective, having won an event in a different format than what I am used to is the best possible way to close a season.

Javier Gómez Noya. | ADG

Much of the preparation for this campaign has been done with his head set on the London Olympics next summer. Are you facing the most important sporting challenge of your career?

Undoubtedly. For every athlete, the Olympic Games represent the international competition with the greatest impact and I have not yet been able to achieve a victory in an Olympic event. The fact that they are held every four years gives a good account of the difficulty of winning a medal, because it is a one day test and everything has to go perfectly.

What grade would you put on your performance throughout this last season?

About a maximum of ten, I'd give myself an eight. There have been moments that I have performed at a great level. I would have liked to finish the year first but it was not possible and now I can only focus on continuing to improve for the Olympic Games.

Have you had good feelings this pre-Olympic year?

Sometimes the sensations are not exactly related to the results. It is true that I had a small bump in the middle of the year due to stomach problems, but I managed to recover and I felt good in the final part of the season.

He was removed from the Athens appointment by the medical body of the Higher Sports Council and in his first participation in the Olympic Games, in Beijing, he stroked the bronze medal. Would you consider anything but winning a medal in London a failure?

It all depends on how events unfold throughout the event. It would be a disappointment not to be able to give 100%, not giving my best, that would make me angry. I am confident that I will be in the fight with the best, but in a single day event the difference between finishing first and finishing fifth is very small. The only thing I know for sure is that in London I will go out for the gold.

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Gómez Noya finished third in the Madrid test of the 2011 World Cup. ADGHave things changed a lot in the professional triathlon circuit since its inception back in 1998?

Triathlon has changed at all levels. Now we have to go much faster because more and more young people are hitting hard. There has been a generalized 'boom' in recent years, from the Olympic cycle in Beijing to this one in London, things have changed a lot and one has to be more competitive every day and seek improvement.

In the last important event on the international calendar held in Spain, in the Triathlon European Championship, was unable to fight for the podium spots despite competing at home. You criticized at the time the unsportsmanlike behavior of the English team, are you afraid that something like what happened in Pontevedra could happen again in London?

What happened was an isolated event that cannot happen again. In a triathlon competition there will always be a blow and assuming it is part of this sport, but what happened in the Pontevedra test is not part of this sport. The action was sanctioned because it was unsportsmanlike and I only hope that something like this will never happen to me again, not to me, or to any other athlete. No triathlete, no team, no federation can perform such a maneuver to fight for a win.

The Brownlee brothers (Alistair and Jonathan) are also emerging as serious contenders for the Olympic title. Do you think they have an advantage because of competing in your country?

The Brownlee brothers will be very motivated, but so am I and other athletes should not be ruled out either. They have been very strong in the last year, but They are young and have not yet competed with guarantees in an Olympic Games. Experience when preparing a single day race is very important.

He has won practically everything in the world of triathlon, but he has also had to face the withdrawal of his federation license on more than one occasion. What would you say now to those who doubted at the time of their full physical faculties to compete professionally?

The withdrawal of the license was a hard drink, they were very difficult moments. We had to fight a lot to get the case to be opened, but that has already happened and it was something that helped me to mature and value this sport more. Those who have to give their opinion are the doctors, but I do not pretend that no one gives me explanations or I seek anyone's apology.

Do you think that Galicia will have, within a few years, new professional triathletes capable of picking up the baton from such important figures in this sport as Iván Raña or yourself?

In Galicia a spectacular work is being carried out that is already bearing fruit. The results that the Galician triathletes competing in the Junior and Sub-23 categories are achieving, or the podium achieved by Anton Ruanova in the Larache Triathlon, in Morocco, are good examples of this. That young people see in us a reference can also be positive but the most important thing is the work that is being done because years ago such wonderful cases as Iván (Raña) were isolated phenomena.

What advice would you give to all those young people who train daily to get to the place you have reached?

Triathlon is an endurance sport in every way and you have to enjoy it along the way. When you are young you must assimilate well the techniques and bases of this sport, because get a higher yield has to be thing of the future.

Do you already know how you will plan the next season?

Right now we are in the middle of planning for the season, a plan that is not yet closed but that will be focused on the preparation of the Olympic Games. I will start competing around the month of April and I will probably participate in fewer tests, because the objective is to arrive in the best possible shape in London.


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