The Spanish Javier Gómez Noya faces the London triathlon, the fifth round of the World Series, with the intention of offering a great image on the stage where he will fight next year for an Olympic medal and with the intention of winning the game against the locals Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, ruthless this season.
The Galician, fourth in Beijing 2008, arrives with the intention of sealing the direct pass to London 2012, the first three in each category will give their respective countries the classification immediately, and to shine in the new route, which will visit the areas most emblematic of the British capital.
Thus, the test will begin with swimming in the mythical 'The Serpentine' in Hyde Park, as in previous years, but this time they will cover 1.500 meters in a single lap. Next, the cycling sector (40kms.) Will take the participants to Buckingham Palace and the 10 kilometer run will take them back to Hyde Park.
Anyway, the Pontevedra, leader of the World Cup, will have to improve after a season of ups and downs to try to avoid another victory for the British. Thus, Gómez Noya opened the course with a victory in Sydney, a third place in Madrid and a sixth in Hamburg.
But, the triathlete from Ferrol won last week the Premium Triathlon European Cup in Banyoles (Girona) and has the endorsement of his victory last year in the London appointment, where he pushed the limit to Alistair Brownlee in the race on foot.
The Brownlee brothers and fellow British William Clarke, second overall in the Championship, are eager for a treble like the one Australia already achieved in the women's category in Hamburg.
Also, the German Jan Frodeno, current Olympic champion, will look for his ticket to London in an appointment where veterans Tim Don, Hunter Kemper and Iván Raña will also have their options, all three in search of their fourth Olympic Games. The Spanish participation will complete it Mario Mola.
In women, the Chilean Bárbara Riveros, leader of the general classification, will start as a great favorite, but will have important rivals in the Australians Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill or the Canadian Paula Findlay, winner in Sidney, Madrid and Kitzbuehel and last year in London.
The Spanish participation will be carried out by Ainhoa Murua, who has managed to sneak into the world 'top-ten' thanks to her perseverance, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt.
The elite female category triathletes will meet today Saturday August 6 at 8.30 and Sunday 7 will be when the male elite test will be held at 13.00 local time (one more hour in Spain).