MADRID (AP) — Spanish triathlete Javier Gomez has been awarded Spain's highest sports honor after winning five triathlon world titles and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Judges say in Wednesday's statement that Gomez, who is competing again at this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro, will receive the 50,000 euro ($57,000) Princess of Asturias prize.
They praised the 33-year-old Gomez for his "incontestable and brilliant record" and his "enormous strength and commendable spirit of excellence."
The award is one of eight handed out yearly by a foundation named in honor of Crown Princess Leonor. Other Asturias prizes recognize achievement in specific fields, including the arts, literature and science. This year's winners will receive their prizes at an autumn ceremony in Oviedo, capital of the principality of Asturias in northern Spain.