Gomez Noya arrives “at the best moment of his career,” says his coach

Omar González is the one who best knows the state of form of Javier Gómez Noya, whom he prepares from 2008, which he sees every day in each work session, and assures, in an interview with EFE, that he arrives at the best moment of his career to the London meeting.

There he will face his second Olympic Games as one of the main Spanish options to get a medal and where he will not have to carry the weight of favorite with which he had faced the Peking.

The Asturian coach has been close to Gómez Noya since "he made his first triathlon", in 1998, when he competed against him; Two years later he took charge of the lower categories of the Spanish Federation, in which the Galician triathlete was; in 2004 he arrived at the technology center of Galicia, where he trains the double world champion and triple of Europe; took the technical direction of Fluvial de Lugo, where Gómez Noya competed; They shared a flat and, since 2008, after the Beijing Games, they train him.

Question: The moment of truth is approaching, I imagine that they have already begun the countdown to London, right?

Answer: Yes. Both I and Javi already want to be there, to be the day of the competition and express everything we have inside, what we have been accumulating these months. We arrived at an optimal moment of form, at the best moment of Javi's sporting history and we are looking forward to seeing if we can translate it on 7 day to 12: 30 Spanish time.

Q: The best moment in Javi's sporting history is enough to beat the big favorites, the Brownlee brothers (Great Britain)?

A: I do not know if it will be enough, but I am quite clear that whoever wants to win Javi is going to have to do a very, very, very good race. Javi is in a great state of maturity both physical and mental and what we put on paper at the beginning of the season has gone well, the last trainings have been the best of his life, which gives us a lot of confidence and the tranquility of saying that we have done what we had to do. If there is someone better than us now, we will congratulate you.

Q: Is Alistair and his brother favorites?

A: Yes, it's clear. They run at home, they know the circuit, they have a team that works for them, they have been the dominators of the last races ... But we have been able to beat them at least once a year, although the highest percentage of victories is theirs and they are the great favorites If he is one hundred percent, Javi knows that he is capable of beating them. If every year we have won at least one race and this year we have not done it yet, what better to keep it for the Games. We have made the quiniela for that. Now, to see if we hit that full fifteen.

Q: How is the circuit going to Javi?

A: It is not the best for its characteristics because it is very flat, Javi is a great climber, but we know it three years ago and we had plenty of time to adapt to the conditions of the circuit. It will not be an apology.

Q: Has the workload been smoothed?

A: Yes. We have done a winter phase with an interesting volume, in each race Javi has been finding himself better, each competition has been a good training that has made him adapt better, after each one of them Javi has taken a jump of quality, the last one in Hamburg. Now we hope to reach one hundred percent or a little more in London.

Q: How do you see him emotionally?

A: Javi always amazes me in that aspect for the tranquility, the maturity. Whenever there is a problem he does not lose his nerves and when things go very well he does not get too excited. It always maintains a stable state, which is what allows it to continue day by day. I see him very calmly, as if he were facing any other World Championship event. When we are in London and we see the magnitude of everything, nerves will begin to appear, but for now they have not.

Q: Do you think you have less responsibility now than in Beijing?

A: We put the responsibility, the level of demand. We know that now there are more media behind, there is the count of medals, but it does not influence us. We put the pressure on us. Javi has more experience, you know what a Games are. He arrived at 2008 being his first Games and everybody hung him the gold and it is not that easy. Right now, he has the experience of a Games, he is a two-time world champion, he has had good news and bad news and he has experience to take everything better.

Q: Have you made any promise if you get the victory?

A: Yes, to go on vacation. That is the promise whether we win or not. Our idea is to finish the Games and continue to dispute the World Cup. Javi would like to do podium for the sixth consecutive year in the world championship, so until October we would not have much rest, but after that date, a good vacation and strength for another cycle.

Q: Where do you think the key will be, in swimming, cycling or running?

A: It is clear that there are going to be several critical moments. We know that swimming to be a return is going to be very hard, we hope to be in the first group and have the race controlled. It will be necessary to be very careful about the bike so that there is no escape from the favorites and it will be decided, surely, running ninety percent of the possibilities. You have to be vigilant, do not make mistakes in transitions, be in the first places. We already had the experience of last year, when Alistair escaped by bicycle and it was impossible to catch him running.


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