MADRID, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Triathlete Javier Gomez Noya, one of Spain's best hopes for a gold medal in the forthcoming Olympic Games has been forced to pull out of the competition after fracturing a bone in his left arm.
The five-time world champion and Olympic silver medal winner four years ago in London broke his radius after falling off his bicycle in a training accident in Lugo.
X-rays confirmed the injury, which will need an operation that leaves him with no time to recover for Rio.
"It is hard to understand how all of that effort and those hopes that I had put in the Olympic Games can suddenly disappear, but I have no option other than to accept it and to start thinking about making a good and rapid recovery," Gomez Noya said in the Spanish press on Friday.
His absence means that the UK's Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, who won the gold and bronze medals on home soil four years ago, will again be the favorites in Rio.