The Spanish Olympic Committee has presented the Olympic triathlon team that will participate this summer in the Olympic Games in London, which will be composed of six triathletes, the maximum allowed, and led by Javier Gómez Noya, one of the favorites to get on the podium.
“You have to be very happy to have the maximum number of representatives, three men and three women, in this competition. In addition, they go with expectations of good results, which do not have to be medals, where they have managed to reach with a lot of effort and sacrifice”, indicated the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco.
The event, which was held at the COE headquarters, was attended by, in addition to Blanco and the entire team of athletes, the president of the Triathlon Federation, José Hidalgo, the president of the International Triathlon Federation, Marisol Casado, the director FETRI coach, Juan Rodríguez Biehn, and the under-23 triathlon world champion Pilar Hidalgo.
Spain will be one of the few countries that will be represented by the maximum number of possible participants, with three men, Javier Gómez Noya, Mario Mola and José Miguel Pérez, and many other women, Ainhoa Murua, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt.
On the men's side, Noya is one of the contenders for Olympic gold, after achieving a very bitter fourth place in Beijing 2008 when he was the big favorite. While Mola and Pérez will participate for the first time in a Games, but their performances this year make them dream of being among the first 20 places.
“This year I arrive with more experience accumulated in many competitions. I have been in the top positions and that has given me a lot of confidence. I am working very hard to be able to have the best race of my life in London”, Noya assured during the event.
With less experience, but not less willingly, his two companions arrive. “It has not been a very long road, in which the results have always accompanied me, so I am no longer satisfied with just being there, but I am going to do my best, and work will not be lacking for it Mola explained.
“Step by step I have reached the top floor, which is the Games. Now to push the body, to continue working, to get to London as well as possible, and have a good race”, said Josemi Pérez.
MURUA, THE MOST EXPERT.
On the women's side, Murua is the highest Spanish reference, with three Games behind her. "I already have a lot of experience, it's my third time and you're already getting to know yourself a bit about how things are going, so I hope to take advantage of this factor to get as high as possible," she said.
For her part, Marisol Casado, president of the ITU, wanted to send a message to the athletes. “It is a pride to have these representatives. Enjoy this privilege very much and never forget that you will always carry the values that you are going to learn with this experience”, she indicated.
While José Hidalgo, head of the FETRI, acknowledged that he hopes that these six triathletes will fill the Spanish lovers of this sport with enthusiasm. “It will be a competition with great enthusiasm, where we will seek to excite and excite our country. I am sure that with the work they have done, they will be fighting for the head, and they will make us feel very proud,” Hidalgo asserted.
The triathlon test will be held on August 4 for men, while that of women will take place on the 7th of the same month. Both will be run on an organized circuit around the famous park in the British capital, Hyde Park.