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Danyon Loader

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDanyon Joseph•Loader
Used nameDanyon•Loader
Born21 April 1975 in Timaru (NZL)
Measurements189 cm
NOC New Zealand

Biography

International swimming success rarely comes New Zealand’s way, but Danyon Loader changed all that in his stellar career through the 90s that culminated in his gold medals in the 200 and 400 metres freestyle at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Loader had also won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and won a gold, three silver and two bronze at Commonwealth Games between 1990 and 1998. Four times New Zealand’s swimmer of the year, twice winner of the Lonsdale Cup for outstanding Olympic achievement, three times Sportsman of the Year and, in 1996, the winner of the Halberg Award as the outstanding athlete in New Zealand for the year. He was voted New Zealand’s “Athlete of the 90s”.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NZL Danyon Loader
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 8
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) New Zealand 11
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NZL Danyon Loader
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) New Zealand 9
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) New Zealand 9
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 34
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 19
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) New Zealand 14

Special Notes