Javier Gomez puts Olympics ahead of world title defence

World Triathlon: Alistair Brownlee my toughest rival - Javier Gomez
World Triathlon Series
Venue: Auckland, New Zealand Date: 29 March
Coverage: Live on BBC Sport Website and BBC Red Button. Women's race: 23:45 GMT on 28 March - 03:20 BST. Men's race: 04:35-07:00 BST. (Women's race replayed from 03:20 BST plus men's race replayed from 07:00 BST); Highlights: Sunday, 29 March, 16:00-17:35 BST on BBC Two

Javier Gomez says preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are his priority over retaining his world series crown.

Olympic gold has eluded the Spaniard, 23, who was runner-up to Briton Alistair Brownlee at London 2012.

"This year I am not really focused on the world championship," Gomez told BBC Sport before the second race of the season in Auckland, New Zealand.

"I know it takes something different to win a one-day race - a big race like the Olympic Games."

Javier Gomez
Gomez has won the world crown four times

Gomez says his priority this year is to secure his qualification for the 2016 Games before using next year to step up his preparation.

"For the world series you just need to be consistent, maybe not 100% but 90% throughout five or six months, which is not easy.

"For the Olympic Games you need to be 100%, fresh mentally and have this extra speed for the last kilometres of the run, probably. It's a different approach.

"I got the silver in London and I am very proud of that but you always want to get better and the only way to do that is trying to get gold. We are working for that."

Gomez came sixth in the first race in Abu Dhabi, which was won by compatriot Mario Mola.

Briton Jonathan Brownlee finished fifth, while his brother Alistair was absent with an ankle injury, which will again keep him sidelined.

Gomez revealed that Alistair Brownlee was his "toughest rival".

In the women's race, Briton's Jodie Stimpson has withdrawn because of an Achilles problem and her compatriot Non Stanford remains sidelined.

American world champion Gwen Jorgensen won in Abu Dhabi and will be the favourite to add to her success in the upcoming Auckland event.

World Triathlon Series schedule
7 MarchAbu Dhabi
29 MarchAuckland
11 AprilGold Coast
25-26 AprilCape Town
16 MayYokohama
31 MayLondon
18-19 JulyHamburg
22-23 AugustStockholm
5-6 SeptemberEdmonton
15-20 SeptemberChicago - Grand Final

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