13 Aug 2008

Loader hails Burmester

1:25 pm on 13 August 2008

New Zealand's greatest Olympic swimmer, Danyon Loader, says wherever Moss Burmester finishes in the 200 metres butterfly final in Beijing this afternoon he deserves praise for the way he got there.

Loader, who won two gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics 12 years ago, says Burmester reached his personal best in the heats and then did it again in the semis to reach the finals.

Burmester, the Commonwealth champion, is the first New Zealander to reach a final since Loader did it in 1996 at Atlanata.

Burmester improved his time in the heats to qualify, although his semi-final time was a touch outside his personal best and Loader says it'll be a huge achievement if he can improve again.

Loader says if Burmester can go faster for a third time he will have done a personal best time in 36 hours, which is more than what most sports have to do.