Triathlon world champion Gomez Noya to miss Olympics

FILE In this Aug. 2, 2015 file picture Javier Gomez Noya, of Spain, competes during the men's triathlon ITU World Olympic Qualification Event , in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spanish triathlete Javier Gomez has been awarded Spain's highest sports honor afte
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MADRID (AP) Five-time triathlon world champion Javier Gomez Noya will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after breaking his arm during training.

The Spanish triathlon federation says Gomez Noya fell while riding his bicycle on Wednesday.

Federation general secretary Alicia Garcia says that ''it is impossible for him to recover in time'' after he undergoes an operation on Thursday.

A photo Gomez Noya has posted on social media shows his left arm in a sling.

The 33-year-old Gomez Noya won the ITU world championship in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was the Olympic silver medalist in London in 2012 and placed fourth at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The men's triathlon event will be held on Aug. 18.

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