Famous New Zealanders

Bevan Docherty

  • Bevan was born on 29 March 1977 in Taupo
  • At school at Tauhara College, Bevan competed in cross-country and on the track, representing New Zealand at the Australian Cross Country Championships.
  • As he became more involved in triathlon, Bevan represented New Zealand at both the World Duathlon championships and the World Triathlon championships.
  • While at school he won a National Engineering competition and decided to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, but after one year of full-time study, he headed for Europe and the professional triathlon circuit, aged 19.
  • By 1998 Bevan was competing in the European Triathlon Cup which has a number of races ranging from short sprint races to half ironman distances.
  • In 2000 Bevan was named European Triathlon Cup champion, and a year later finished 7th in the world championships.
  • He then transferred to the World Cup circuit which carries more prize money and also gives the opportunity to improve world rankings and qualify for world championships and the Olympics.
  • Bevan’s consistent results of placing in the top ten earned him the nickname Mr Consistency. In 2003 he won two World Cup races, and top 5 placings in the another nine events.
  • By the time of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Bevan was race favourite, having won the world championships in May in Madeira, and the World Cup race in Ishagaki, Japan, and the London international triathlon. But his fellow New Zealander, Hamish Carter, was also racing.
  • In pre-games training, under New Zealand coach Mark Elliott, both Bevan and Hamish concentrated on strength training, especially for the tough, hilly Athens course.
  • Bevan finished 17th in the 1.5 km swim leg, ahead of Carter in 33rd place, but both New Zealanders managed to stay in touch with the leading group, and in the tough 40 km bike leg both joined the leading group of six riders.
  • As the 10 km run set off, the leading group of six became three, including both New Zealanders. With one kilometre to go the New Zealanders took the lead together, but it was Hamish Carter who won the gold medal in a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, 07.73 seconds. Bevan Docherty won silver, almost 8 seconds behind.
  • He stands 1.88m tall (6 ft 2 in), and has a racing weight of 68 kg, down from his usual 73 kg.
  • Training can be for up to six or seven hours a day, six days a week.
  • Bevan competed in the triathlon at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, coming second behind Australian, Brad Kahlefeldt, to win the silver medal, in a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 26.44 seconds. Fellow New Zealanders Kris Gemmell and Hamish Carter finished 5th and 6th respectively.
  • In Beijing in 2008 Bevan won the bronze medal in the triathlon.
  • Bevan is a mentor in the Air New Zealand Inspiring New Zealanders scholarship programme which gives young athletes travel funding and the opportunity to spend time with a high-achieving athlete for motivation and inspiration.
  • Bevan’s older sister, Fiona, is a world duathlon champion. When they needed a European base some years ago they lived in a luxury apartment in Monaco owned by Prince Albert, who met the brother and sister at a triathlon and became a good friend.
  • His hometown of Taupo has recognised his achievements by naming a street after him Docherty Drive. Bevan now lives in Auckland.

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