Bevan Docherty is Memorial Hermann Ironman Winner
Bevan Docherty isn’t a one-hit wonder.
After struggling to follow up a win in his hometown of Taupo, New Zealand, in his Ironman debut, Docherty put that talk to rest Saturday in The Woodlands, winning the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas.
The 37-year-old finished the 140.6-mile race in 8 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds, which was less than two minutes off 2011 champion Eneko Llanas’ record time of 8:08:20.
“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.”
The two-time Olympic medalist pulled out of his last two Ironman races because of issues with his nutrition, fueling the speculation that last year’s spectacular debut – as special as it was for him – was a fluke.