Gomez wins WTS Abu Dhabi

The Brownlees may have been absent but it was still a top-class line-up at WTS Abu Dhabi on Saturday 4 March. Nestled within the 54-strong line-up was reigning world champion Mario Mola (ESP), five-time ITU world champ Javier Gomez (ESP) and Rio bronze medallist Henri Schoeman (RSA). But it would be lucky number 13 (WTS wins) for Gomez, the Spaniard taking his first WTS win since Yokohama 2015 and in only his second race since injury wiped out his Rio Olympic medal ambitions last spring.


Contested over a standard distance for the second year running, conditions were breezy while the 23.2°C water temperature meant, like the women’s race yesterday, it would be a non-wetsuit swim.

The breeze provided a bit of chop in the 1.5km swim, but, as expected, France’s Raphaël Aurélien led the swim with teammate Pierre Le Corre, Schoeman and Russia’s Polyanskiy brothers in the mix.