Docherty, Kessler take Taupo
Written by: Timothy Carlson
Date: Fri Mar 01 2013
Docherty, the 2004 ITU World Champion and Olympic silver medalist, the 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medalist and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, finished in 8:15:34 with a 9:56 margin of victory over runner-up Marko Albert of Estonia and 18:54 ahead of third-place finisher Brown.
Docherty underlined the wisdom of his switch to long course at age 35 as he broke Brownie’s course record by 2 minutes 30 seconds. While finishing off his ITU short course career with a 12th at the London Olympics and 14th at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland, he made bigger waves in 2012 with a win over Lance Armstrong at the 2012 edition of Panama 70.3 and took 3rd to Sebastian Kienle and Craig Alexander at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Docherty won virtually wire-to-wire, his 45:44 swim trailing only Albert’s 45:34 out of Lake Taupo. On the bike, Docherty established a careful dominance as his race-fastest 4:35:06 split outpaced Albert by 3 minutes 28 seconds, outsped Brown by 6:46 and topped an off-form Terenzo Bozzone by 17 minutes.
Docherty put his stamp on this race and sealed his record performance with a race-best 2:49:46 marathon which outpaced Albert by 7:10 and Brown by 7:28. Bozzone, clearly feeling ill, dropped out at the 19 kilometer mark of the run.
Meredith Kessler did indeed win wire-to-wire although she did not post the fastest run. The San Francisco-based pro, a 4-time Ironman winner, swam 47:37 which gave her a 4:07 lead on 2009 Ironman New Zealand champion and 11-time Ironman distance winner Gina Crawford and 7:03 on Australian Carrie Lester.
Kessler then biked a race-best 5:04:44 which was 3:33 better than Crawford, 10:16 better than Candice Hammond and 14:55 better than Lester.
Starting the run with a 7:40 lead on Crawford, Kessler maintained that lead until the final 10 kilometers of the run. Gritting against the pain, Kessler faded to a 3:19:24 marathon which surrendered 4:30 to Crawford but had enough in the bank to finish with a 3:44 margin of victory over Crawford.
Kessler’s fade cost her a solid chance to break 7-time Taupo champion Joanna Lawn’s race record. Kessler’s winning time of 9:17:10 was 2:35 off Lawn’s mark.
Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand
Taupo, New Zealand
March 2, 2013
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.
1. Bevan Docherty (NZL) 8:15:34 *CR
2. Marko Albert (EST) 8:25:30
3. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:34:28
4. Courtney Ogden (AUS) 8:38:53
5. Balazs Csoke (HUN) 8:46:05
6. Carl Read (NZL) 8:48:16
7. Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:50:22
8. Ben Cotter (CAN) 9:02:47
9. Chris Sanson (NZL) 9:07:01
10. Simon Cochrane (NZL) 9:17:12
1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:17:10
2. Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:20:54
3. Candice Hammond (NZL) 9:35:52
4. Anna Ross (NZL) 9:38:59
5. Kira Flanagan (AUS) 9:55:41 * F25-29
6. Erin Furness (NZL) 9:56:30 * F30-34
7. Janine Sax (NZL) 10:03:21
8. Dimitry-Lee Duke (AUS) 10:08:41 * F30-34
9. Melanie Burke (AUS) 10:09:02
10. Larisa Marsh (NZL) 10:15:55 * F25-29
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