Athens, Greece (Sports Network)-
It was a battle of New Zealanders in the men's triathlon, as Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty made it a two-man race over the final three kilometers for the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens.
In the end though, it was Carter who crossed the finish line first with a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes and 7.73 seconds. Docherty, the reigning world champion, lost by just 7.87 seconds, but was still extremely satisfied with his performance.
"I had a dream race," said Docherty. "I didn't come away with the gold, but who better to lose to than my teammate Hamish."
The 33-year-old Carter, who finished 26th in the 2000 Sydney Games, came out of the first portion of the three-disciplined event, the 1.5km swim, in tough shape, 33rd out of 46th. However, a solid time in the 40km bike race gave Carter enough fuel for the final and most grueling stretch - the 10km run.
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