Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:02 AM GMT
It was a tough weekend of racing for the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team that required plenty of grit to get through.
In his quest to retain his #1 world ranking and defend his title at the World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama, Javier Gomez out-sprinted Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee in the final kilometer of the run in a display of how he would have wanted the London Olympics race to play out and how he visualizes Rio will be.
“When you race the best ones, when Ali is there, when Mario is there, it makes it pretty tough,” Gomez says of his competitors. “It reminded me of when I kicked on the run, I made my move in the same place, and then Alistair surged, but this time I could keep up and I had something left for the sprint and I just gave everything and the roar of the crowd was amazing, I went as hard as I could ‘til the end. I’m very, very happy with this win.”
Terenzo Bozzone toughed out a third-place finish in Tennessee at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga, marking his fourth straight race weekend and podium appearance. Meanwhile, Ben Hoffman’s gutsy performance at Ironman Texas had him in the lead on the bike, forcing the race’s eventual winner to work harder to overtake him. Bahrain Endurance Racing Team member David Plese finished in 9th place.
Sebastian Kienle scored a sentimental victory at the TV Forst Triathlon. He says, “Twenty-three years ago I did my first triathlon in Forst. It was not a race, it was a fitness triathlon and you could start whenever you like. I had to skip the swim because the water was very cold and I did not have a wetsuit. Today I won the short distance TV Forst Triathlon. It was also great to watch the fast boys and girls of the next generation of athletes Deutsche Triathlon Union Deutschlandcup.”
Jan Frodeno’s win at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona came with an amazing run split at 1:13:03 on the half-marathon run leg -- another step towards his quest to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona.
Behind these athletes’ great performances is the support provided by His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa through the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team. His Highness Shaikh Nasser also had a great performance at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca two weeks ago. In his category, he placed 13th and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirteen definitely seems to be the lucky number.
Their success is also the Gulf region’s gain. Plans are in progress to bring these world-beaters to Bahrain to help with junior development. This gives Bahraini athletes access to the world’s best to learn from and be inspired by them, setting them on pathways for progress and success in endurance racing.