Santa Cruz resident and two-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty, who is hoping to represent his home country of New Zealand in triathlon at the Olympic Games this summer, missed out on a qualifying spot Saturday in Australia.
Docherty needed to finish in the top eight as the top New Zealander at the Dextro Energy World Triathlon in Sydney, but he ended up placing 12th as the second Kiwi. He crossed the finish line in 1:52:03 while fellow countryman Kris Gemmell was seventh in 1:51:42, according to results on the International Triathlon Union website.
Docherty — who told the New Zealand Herald he purposefully did not plan his training to peak now, but instead is keeping his focus on the Games — completed the Olympic-distance swim in 18:02, the bike in 1:00:28 and the run in 31:43.
There is still a chance he will make the New Zealand team for the Games. The selections are based on race finishes as well as discretionary picks, and are also dependent upon how many athletes the country can send (right now, New Zealand is on pace to be able to send three).
Germany’s Steffen Justus won in Sydney in 1:51:04.
– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets