Carter leads Kiwi one-two in men's triathlon

New Zealand's Hamish Carter won the men's triathlon on Thursday, edging out team-mate and reigning world no. 1 Bevan Docherty.
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Published on Aug 26, 2004 07:13 PM IST
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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Athens

New Zealand's Hamish Carter won the men's Olympic triathlon on Thursday, edging out teammate and reigning world number one Bevan Docherty by 7.87sec.

"I can't believe it, man. I'm so stoked," said Carter, who held his own in the harsh heat over the finishing 10km road race as he, Docherty and Switzerland's Sven Riederer pulled away from the pack to battle it out for the medals.

"The break on the third lap (of the run) is what set us up today," said Docherty, the 2004 world champion.

But it was Carter who finally had what it took to gain the advantage over his compatriot, completing the 1,500m swim, 40km cycle road race and 10km run in 1hr 51min 7.73sec.

"We wanted to beat each other more than anything," Carter said. "I didn't know I had it until the last 100m."

Docherty took the silver in 1:51:15.60 and Riederer lifted the bronze in 1:51:33.26.

"It was fantastic," Docherty said. "We took the gold and silver for New Zealand. I don't know what more I could have done. It doesn't matter that I got a silver."

Simon Whitfield of Canada, who won the title in Sydney when triathlon made its Olympic debut, finished 11th.

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