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Two-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand announced on his website (Docherty.kiwi) on Monday that he’s officially retiring from the sport. Docherty won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After the 2012 London Olympics, Docherty gave long-course triathlon a shot and finished third at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in that same year. The Kiwi dominated his first Ironman at the 2013 Ironman New Zealand, winning in a course-record time of 8:15:35. He went on to DNF in Kona that year. He won another Ironman in Texas in 2014 and again went on to DNF in Kona. Read an except from the announcement below:
After many fantastic years in triathlon and countless great memories, I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional triathlon.
This was certainly no easy decision as triathlon has been a major part of my life for over 15 years, however with injuries outweighing winning results in the last season it seems like a great time to listen to this tired old body and bow-out gracefully. There is no doubt I have more victories in me however over the last few years it has been increasingly more difficult to reach that form and even harder to hold it, ‘back in the day’ I could peak for months on end but nowadays I’m lucky to get a few weeks. The other major contributing factor was my family, although I had the complete support of my family I just wasn’t willing to make the sacrifices and miss out on things I would regret in later years. Triathlon is such a physically demanding sport and after a solid day/week of training I have always been torn between staying at home to recover or going to the park to play with my kids.
Like any high performing athlete or businessman I don’t think I would ever be completely satisfied with my results, that’s what makes me tick, if I achieved one goal there was always something else beyond that. However, if I could go back to the day when I was heading to Europe as a fresh teenage triathlete chasing the dream and tell myself this is what my future holds, I would be blown away! With many highlights over the years it’s pretty hard to choose my best. Obviously the most defining moment of my career was winning silver at the Athens Olympics in a Kiwi 1-2. Reading a recent article commemorating the 10-year anniversary not long ago brought back so many great memories and it is an honour to be part of NZ sporting history momentarily stopping a nation in its tracks and making them proud to be Kiwis, that’s the magic of sport. Long before that career highlights were as simple as calling Mum and Dad to say I had won a couple of hundred dollars and that they wouldn’t have to send me food money for that week! As hard as those first few years were they were great fun, making a lot of great friends and are what defined me as an athlete. Sleeping in bomb shelters and train stations might not seem like fun at the time, but it certainly makes you appreciate a nice hotel room and I can definitely laugh at all the crazy stories now. Winning World Triathlon champs in 2004 and winning another Olympic medal in Beijing were other career highlights, but the reality was every time I crossed the finish line first it was a massive high. My most recent high was winning my first Ironman in my hometown of Taupo in record time, and probably one of the most emotional wins of my life. With all the racing around the world over the years, to come back to my hometown and win in front of friends and family was very magical, I don’t think I could have scripted that day any better.
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