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New Zealand's Carter Wins Triathlon

Friday, August 27, 2004; Page D15

Hamish Carter knew what he was up against when he and Bevan Docherty ran down the stretch together.

"I thought, 'He's beaten me too many times over the last couple of years,' " Carter said.

New Zealand's Hamish Carter celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the men's triathalon. (Mike Hutchings - Reuters)

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Carter pulled away from Docherty on the final lap of the swim-cycling-run event, giving New Zealand a gold and silver finish.

"Two Kiwis on the podium -- how amazing is that?" Carter said.

Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze after fading from the pack of leaders toward the end.

Carter, Docherty and Riederer were packed together toward the end of the endurance race that begins with a 1.5 kilometer swim, goes immediately to a 40-kilometer bike race and then a 10-kilometer run. During the last three kilometers of the run finale, the New Zealanders pulled away, turning it into a two-man race.

Docherty fell off the pace in the final minute, and Carter won in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes 7.73 seconds. Carter beat Docherty, the reigning world champion, by 7.87 seconds.

"I felt relatively in control throughout the race," Carter said. "I was definitely having a good day."

Among Americans, Hunter Kemper finished ninth, saying he just couldn't find his cycling legs. Andy Potts finished 22nd.

"What a rush," he said. "It just adds to the experience."

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