Docherty runs away with title

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Bevan Docherty, for one, will be sad to see Edmonton go.

The Australian triathlete has always loved racing here and yesterday's dominating performance in the city's final ITU World Cup triathlon only reinforced those feelings.

Docherty ran away with the men's championship, snapping a personal drought with a convincing 20-second margin of victory.

"It feels good, I finally got a win," said Docherty, who had yet to reach the top of the podium this season.

"Silver seems to be haunting me. Silver at the Athens Olympics, silver at the Commonwealth Games, silver last week in Des Moines. It's good to know that I can actually step up and win a race."

Leave it to Edmonton to cure what was ailing him.

"It's a fun course," said Docherty. "Half the races on the ITU are flat, boring, up and down. This one you can actually make something of the race. I really enjoy it.

"Edmonton has been quite good to me. I was seventh here my first time Elite. It was almost the turning point in my career, where I told myself that I can actually do something in this sport. I have some fond memories of here."

Docherty, who was about 20 seconds behind as he headed into the 10k run, knew then and there that he would be the man to beat.

"I knew on the bike I had a pretty good chance to win the race. It felt good out there. It was actually quite convenient to have a couple of guys up the road coming off the bike. It gave me someone to chase down and in doing that dropped a lot of the other faster runners."

- In the Pan American Junior Championship early in the morning, Edmonton's Paula Findlay ran (and swam and biked) away with the girl's title, finishing two and a half minutes ahead of Alexandra Coates (Canada) and Victoria Perez (Venezuela). The juniors compete in sprint distances, 750-metre swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run ... Pittsburgh Penguin enforcer Georges Laraque, who summers in Edmonton, got a start in his off-season conditioning by competing in the Five-Mile Classic Run/Walk.


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