Scott Gordon, one of the 600 registered in this year’s TriXÀBIA

The 51-year-old Scot will be participating in the triathlon more than five years after suffering serious injuries in the tragic accident that killed three of his team-mates.

Wednesday 21st September 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: Carlos López (XAD)

This Sunday 25th, the tenth edition of the TriXÀBIA will be held, the Xabia triathlon that this year has 600 participants and, as announced by the organising athletics club, among them will be 51-year-old resident Scott Gordon.

At the event press conference, club president Madelene Powell explained that Scott, who has not yet fully recovered from the injuries of the tragic accident in May 2017 that killed three Xabia triathletes and left himself and Andrés Contreras severely injured, “is very excited about this challenge”.

She added that the Scot has been preparing hard for the event and that he will have the help of Jaume Escortell, another of the club’s athletes. “The hardest part will be the run,” she explained, who has stressed that Scott “will do it walking if necessary to reach the goal.” A great moment that all the teammates recognize, along with all the residents and athletics fans.

On his Facebook page, Scott quipped “Yikes! No pressure then!” as he posted a link to the media coverage of his return to the event, adding that “My running is pretty cr@p, but it’s only 5km, so I’m sure I’ll manage to jog/run/walk and get to the finish line!”

And speaking to Levante-EMV, he said that he wants to feel the tingling of competing again, of trying his best and reaching the finish line after giving everything. After spending over two years on crutches as his left leg, which was, at one point, seven centimetres shorter than his right, was reconstructed by surgeon specialist Dr Pedro Cavadas, he explained that he was motivated in his recovery by photos of his participation in triathlons, cycle rides and running races. Now, five years later, he will take his place once again on the starting line of an event in which he last competed in 2016 when he finished in a decent time of 2hrs 26m 28s.

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