Javier Gomez wins fifth world title

Olympic silver medallist, world 70.3 champ, world Xterra champ and now five-time world ITU champ, Javier Gomez today cemented his position as one of the greatest athletes of all time.


Finishing second in the Chicago Grand Final behind teammate Mario Mola was enough to retain his world title and become the first ITU athlete to win five world crowns.

Gomez started his world-record beating championship campaign by exiting Lake Michigan in 16th place, 18secs down on leader Slovakia’s Richard Varga (16:1mins). But he was straight into the lead bike group, stuck in for 40k and ran the entirety of the 10k with teammate Mola, before the latter charged in the final turn around Buckingham Fountain to take the win and second overall in the Series.