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Docherty misses out in Olympic swansong

Published: 2:07AM Wednesday August 08, 2012 Source: AAP

Two-time medallist Bevan Docherty bade farewell to the Olympics by being the first New Zealander home in a London Games triathlon won by British pre-race favourite Alistair Brownlee.

Docherty, second behind compatriot Hamish Carter in Athens in 2004 and third in Beijing four years ago, had to settle for 12th in London on Tuesday on a flat course that didn't play to his strengths.

He crossed the finish line in Hyde Park 2min 10sec behind Brownlee's time of 1hr 46min 25sec.

The other New Zealanders in the field, Kris Gemmell and Ryan Sissons, were 15th and 33rd respectively.

Docherty, 35, says he gave it his all.

But having been in the leading group along with Gemmell at the final transition, he realised about 200 metres into the run that it wasn't going to be his day.

That was when Brownlee and the two other eventual medallists - Spain's Javier Gomez, who ended runner-up, and Brownlee's younger brother, Jonathan - made a spurt that took them clear of the rest.

Docherty said he knew as soon as the route for the event was announced that it would be tough for him.

"My ideal course is Athens, with a stinging, difficult climb in it," he said.

"I'm a diesel engine these days and this was a Formula 1 type course."

He confirmed that London would be his last Olympics.

His final race over the Olympic distance of 1500-metre swim, 40km bike and 10km run is likely to be the world championship grand final in Auckland in October.

He has some input in that course and will look "to put as many hills in as possible".

After that, he will focus on long-course racing in the United States, saying he felt that is more suited to him, given his age and where he is at in his life.

"It's not over for me," he said.

"I've still got a bright future ahead of me. I don't want to get a day job. I love this sport and I think I've still got many more years ahead of me."