World champion Gomez Noya pulls out of Rio after accident

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Spain’s world and European triathlon champion Javier Gomez Noya pulled out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday after fracturing his left arm in a bicycle accident, according to the Spanish Olympic Committee.

Gomez Noya, the only triathlete to wind five world titles, was among the favourites to clinch gold at this year’s Olympics in Rio after claiming silver in London in 2012.

“Unfortunately this has forced me to pull out of competing in Rio. I need to be realistic, there is no time to prepare and to be fit on the start line of the games,” Gomez Noya said on its Twitter account.

Gomez Noya recently won his most prestigious sports award, the Princess of Asturias prize, for his “brilliant achievements”.

Siento tener que anunciaros que ayer, justo cuando estaba llegando a casa después de un entrenamiento en bici, tuve una caída de esas que llamamos tonta, a no más de 15 km/h con la mala fortuna de hacerme daño en el codo. Acudí al hospital y las pruebas de imagen confirmaron una fractura de la cabeza del radio con desplazamiento. Hoy mismo seré operado. Este diagnóstico me obliga a renunciar al gran objetivo para el que llevaba toda la temporada trabajando duro, los JJOO de Rio. Siendo realista, no hay tiempo material para recuperarme totalmente y poder afrontar la competición en buenas condiciones por lo que lo más sensato es ceder mi plaza a alguien que lo pueda hacer mejor. Como imaginaréis, este es un momento muy duro para mí pero no voy a hacer un drama de esto, como siempre lucharé por recuperarme lo antes posible. Lo siento mucho por todos los que me apoyáis y animáis día a día pero, igual que muchas veces e saboreado la cara más dulce del deporte, ahora me toca lidiar con la más amarga. Gracias a todos de corazón. / I’m really sorry to let you all know that yesterday, when I was just about to finish my bike training, I had one of those silly crashes, no faster than 15km/h. Immediately I felt pain in my elbow so we went to the hospital. Scans have confirmed a displaced fracture in the radial head of my left arm. Going into surgery today to fix it. Unfortunately this has forced me to pull out of competing in Rio. I need to be realistic, there is no time to prepare and to be fit on the start line of the games. The most sensible thing is to open my spot and allow someone else the chance to race. As you can imagine, this is a really tough time, it’s a goal I have been working for over many years. I will keep fighting, I still have many goals in this sport, I’m not done yet. I feel sad and disappointed to give you this news, thanks for the ongoing support.

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Article Originally Published on Marca

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