On a sunny morning in the country's capital, Gómez Noya did everything right.
The transition from biking (90 kilometers) to the half marathon run (21 kilometers) revealed to the event participants and supporters that the Iberian was far superior to his rivals, demonstrating an Olympic and world-class talent not seen before in the prior two versions.
"I had a good race. The weather was perfect, and the route was demanding but pleasant to work hard," he commented after crossing the finish line with a time of 3 hours 38 minutes and 28 seconds.
He came in almost four minutes faster than the American, who clocked in at 3 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds, while the Frenchman stayed in third place with a time of 3 hours 43 minutes and 24 seconds.
The victor liked the action so much that he has decided to return to Panama next year in search of a bigger slice of the $75,000 bag of prize money given away by the Ironman 70. 3.
Billy Gordón was the best placed among the Panamanians in the men's division of this competition.
In the women's category, the Canadian Angela Naeth took away the honors with a time of 4 hours 4 minutes and 58 seconds, beating out the Brit Catriona Morrison, who achieved a time of 4 hours 6 minutes and 18 seconds, leaving third place to the German Svenja Bazlen (4.08.12).
Through an interpreter, the winner expressed her satisfaction with the performance and said that, just like Gómez Noya, she will be back in Panama next year for the fourth edition of the competition.
The Ironman 70.3 competition has been marked on the annual race calendar as one of the first to be held internationally.
The presence of the Spanish world champion Francisco Javier Gómez Noya gave the necessary boost to the race, which is now on the agenda of the leading triathletes who will use the Ironman 70.3 as a training course in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.