Portugal’s Joao Silva reigned under the Yokohama sun today, beating Spain’s Javier Gomez on the final lap of the run to take his second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Yokohama win. Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy followed close behind for bronze just one week after winning the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup.
A breakaway on the last lap of the bike by Yuichi Hosoda (JPN) and Kris Gemmell (NZL) went at such a pace that the two could not keep up with the leaders on the run and Gomez soon pulled into the lead. By the bell lap João Silva had caught the Spaniard and was pushing a few metres ahead, holding on to the line to claim his second straight Yokohama title.
“I had a tough season with lots of injures in the beginning. I’m glad I recovered in time for the Olympics and the end of the season,” said Silva. “I’m really, really pleased with this result here. I’m really emotional as some of the best moments of my career are here so I’m really proud to perform like this in Yokohama.”
João Silva, an athlete of ‘Sporting Clube de Portugal’, has won twice the under-23 European Title, the last in 2010, got 5th place in the 2010 Triathlon World Championships, was 9th in his first Olympic Games in London 2012 and is currently in 10th place in the Triathlon World Cup with a event yet to be completed next October 20th in Auckland, New Zealand.