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Javier Gómez Noya

Princess of Asturias Award for Sports 2016

At its meeting in Oviedo, the Jury for the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Sports, composed of Alejandro Blanco Bravo, Miriam Blasco Soto, Emilio Butragueño Santos, Marisol Casado Estupiñán, Josep Maria Casanovas i Punti, Joaquín Folch-Rusiñol Corachán, Juan Ignacio Gallardo Tomé, Patricia García Rodríguez, Cristina Mitre Aranda, Santiago Nolla Zayas, Josep Lluís Vilaseca i Guasch, Theresa Zabell Lucas, chaired by Abel Antón Rodrigo and with Julián Redondo Pérez acting as secretary, has decided to grant the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award to Francisco Javier Gómez Noya, reigning Triathlon World Champion and holder of five World Championship titles.

Besides his brilliant, incontestable track record, the Jury has prized the values of effort and perseverance in the face of adversity and the enormous fortitude and commendable spirit of self-improvement he has shown throughout his career.

Oviedo, 8th June 2016

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