Bevan Docherty

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Bevan Docherty
Bevan Docherty in London.jpg
Docherty at the 2012 London Olympics
Personal information
Full nameBevan John Docherty
Born (1977-03-29) 29 March 1977 (age 42)
Taupo, New Zealand
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
CountryNew Zealand
Turned pro2000
Coached byMark Elliot
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Swim (1500 m)–15:00
  • Cycle (40 km)–45:00
  • Run (10 km)–28:00

Bevan John Docherty, MNZM (born 29 March 1977) is a triathlete from New Zealand, who won medals twice at the Olympic Games. Docherty attended Tauhara College, Taupo.


Docherty and his sister Fiona grew up in Taupo, in the North Island of New Zealand and attended Tauhara College.[2] Their father Ray was a keen triathlete and their mother, Irene, her sister and Bevan trained and competed with him.[3]

In 2004, Docherty won the ITU world championship, and the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, behind fellow New Zealander Hamish Carter. He added another silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and claimed the bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The former world champion has started a new initiative, called "The Docherty Dares programme", aimed at supporting Kiwis to achieve goals they previously never thought possible.

The programme was inspired when Docherty saw Christchurch local, Scott Kotoul, crossing the finish line at the Round Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Near exhaustion after only doing half the distance (80 km), Kotoul said he was only going to target the distance of 40 km by the following year. However, Docherty dared Kotoul to enter the entire 160 km bike, so the latter accepted the challenge.


  1. ^ "Bevan Docherty–Athlete Profile 2009" (PDF). International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  2. ^ Butcher-Penrose, Stewart Gillespie, Kieren. "Physical Education | Tauhara College". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ " - Connecting People Through News". Retrieved 24 February 2018.

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