Danyon Loader wins Silver, Barcelona 1992

Barcelona 1992 was Danyon Loader’s first foray into the Olympic Games and he defied the world rankings and disregarded his international inexperience to win a superb Silver medal in the 200m butterfly.

On previous results, Loader shouldn’t have been a factor, but, swimming in the same event at which New Zealander Anthony Mosse had won the bronze at Seoul in 1988, he turned the pre-race predictions upside down.

Loader improved his personal best by a staggering 3.36s in the final to win the silver medal behind world record-holder Melvin Stewart, of the United States. Loader finished in a time of 1:57.93 to secure his first Olympic medal, 1.67 seconds behind Stewart.

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