Two time Olympic medalist and World Champion Bevan, who was the BTA’s speaker at the 2014 Annual Dinner, announced his retirement from triathlon yesterday.
Bevan cited injuries and wanting to be with his family as the main reasons for his decision. He has no definite plans for the future yet.
Bevan was one of the greatest Olympic distance athletes ever and also won the New Zealand Ironman in record time and won a medal at Worlds 70.3 and a number of big races over this distance. He was renowned as a tough competitor and a practical joker who had and no doubt still has a passion for triathlon and like most Kiwis for sport in general. He will be greatly missed and I expect that tributes will pour in over the next few days.
Here is the text from his announcement :
Well all good things come to an end and I would like to officially announce my retirement from Professional Triathlon.
Triathlon has been a wonderful part of my life and I’m glad I was able to share it with all of you!
You can find my official announcement on my website http://docherty.kiwi
Thanks for everything over the years and I hope to catch up with you all at some point.
Best of luck Bevan.