Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) became the most successful man in ITU World Championship history when he completed a drive for five world titles as the overall winner of the World Triathlon Series with a second-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.
“I think it is great. I can’t understand it yet, I sometimes can’t comprehend doing something like that in the last few years. It is just amazing,” Gomez said on collecting his fifth title. “Today I felt good, I had a great race. I felt really good on the race, I just couldn’t beat Mario—he was just too strong. But I am really pleased on getting the title and on the podium.”
Compatriot Mario Mola gave Gomez a tough battle as the two went back and forth across the 10km run, with Mola kicking into overdrive the last 100 metres to take the win in Chicago and finish second overall in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings.