Bevan Docherty wins SIlver, Athens 2004

Emerging 17th from the swim, the 40km bike leg was pivotal. Docherty and fellow Kiwi Hamish Carter got on to a leading bunch of six that put more than half a minute on the field. It was a gruelling, hilly course and severely tested the riders. Into the run and the front group of six soon became three, the New Zealanders and the Swiss, Sven Riederer. Docherty and Carter handled the heat well, surging and looking strong, while Riederer’s head swayed from side to side.

Finally, with one kilometre remaining, the New Zealanders opened the throttle and the Swiss could not respond. Docherty and Carter had the gold and silver to themselves. It was a spine-tingling moment. Now it was just a matter of who would win. Most money would have been on Docherty. He was younger – 27 to 33 – and his recent results were better. But Carter picked this day, after a 12-year iProfilesnternational career, to have the race of his life.He eked out a lead over his countryman and won in 1h 51min 07.73s. Docherty was eight seconds behind.

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