“That really is terrible news to hear. Javier is such a talented athlete, and you want the best athletes to be racing on the biggest stage. While Javier is perhaps the biggest threat and rival to Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee’s prospects, his presence would also be an asset. As such a strong all-round athlete, having Javier there increases the prospects of a small, breakaway group at the front of the race, making it much harder for some of the slightly weaker swimmers to get back into the race later. Sincere best wishes to Javier on his recovery.”
Rio would have been Gomez’s third Games, having finished fourth in Beijing and second in London, with many predicting another podium finish for the former 70.3 and Xterra world champ.
We wish Javier Gomez all the best at this difficult time and wish him a speedy recovery.