Laurne Boyle was so delighted with her fourth-place finish at the 2012 Olympics, she couldn’t contain her emotions.
Her tearful poolside interview after narrowly missing out on a medal in the women’s 800m freestyle final was one of the most abiding moments from New Zealand competitors in London.
But the North Shore athlete wasn’t going to be content with a new national record and the pride of pushing the world’s best. Then aged 24, she committed herself to getting better yet – something the majority of swimmers appear unable to do as age takes its toll.
Despite turmoil at Swimming New Zealand and a merry-go-round of coaches, the freestyler has got quicker, and will have a major chance at Games glory when she competes in Glasgow next month.