Santa Cruz resident and native New Zealander Bevan Docherty earned a top-three finish in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas today.

Docherty, a three-time Olympian, crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 25 seconds — just two minutes, 10 seconds back of winner Sebastian Kienle of Germany [3:54:35]. Kienle’s time was a course record.

Craig Alexander of Australia took second [3:55:36].

The 70.3 consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.

Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews also competed, coming in 21st place [4:17:04].