THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 4th September 2013
9 to 10pm Radio Sport

Lauren Boyle

Lauren Boyle has become one of New Zealand's top swimmers. In August 2013, Boyle claimed three medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, followed by 4 more medals at the World Cup meet in Berlin.

In the past few years she has competed at two Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games. Boyle won a bronze medal with Helen Norfolk, Alison Fitch and Melissa Ingram in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the 2008 Olympic Games she was a member of the New Zealand 4x200m freestyle relay team which was disqualified in the heats.
 

She won a silver medal with Penelope Marshall, Amaka Gessler and Natasha Hind in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Boyle was fourth fastest in the heats of the 400m freestyle in a New Zealand record 4:03.63. In the final she finished 8th. In the 800m heats she swam 8:25.91, also a New Zealand record, qualifying fifth fastest for the final. In the final she swam another record of 8:22.72 to finish fourth, 2.40 seconds from the bronze medal which went to defending champion and world record holder Rebecca Adlington.

Boyle is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Also joining us on the show is Swimming NZ head coach David Lyles.

 

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