Docherty Wins Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
New Zealand triathlete Bevan Docherty, two-time Olympic gold medallist, has won the Memorial Hermann Ironman in Texas, proving to critics that his spectacular debut success in Taupo last year wasn’t a fluke.
“There have been times when I’ve really considered retiring from the sport,” Docherty said. “I’m 37 years old and I like to think I have a few more years in this distance, but when you’re consistently pulling out of races and struggling to hold food down, you question whether you can do it. Deep down I knew I could, and certainly today was the day that I finally proved it.”
“I knew I had another good race in me,” Docherty said.
Taupo-born Docherty won the ITU world championship, and the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, behind fellow New Zealander Hamish Carter. He won the 2013 New Zealand Ironman in record time
Original article by Jason McDaniel, Houston Chronicle, May 17, 2014.
Photo by Eric Christian Smith.