Duncan Garner: There's only one other Olympian who compares to Lisa Carrington

OPINION: Who do you think is our greatest ever Olympian?

Surely, given she now has five gold medals over three Olympic games, it's superstar Kiwi paddler Lisa Carrington. 

She not only glides across water - after this Olympics it's clear she walks on it too.

What a rush, and it's not over yet.

Her record may only stand for a day, because later on Friday, when Carrington lines up in the K4 500m, she could smash her own record and set a new one with six gold medals. 

That would cement her place at the top for decades to come you would think. 

Who is in the race to challenge her as our greatest Olympian?

To me, and this is only my opinion, Peter Snell is right up there.

The kick, speed, endurance and brain on Snell was legendary. 

His double in Tokyo 1964 in the 800 and 1500 was so remarkable that he remains the only man to win both distances at the Olympics. 

It's never been repeated. 

My final two are Danyon Loader and Ian Ferguson.  

Ferguson goes close with four golds across - wait for this - five Olympics. His golden glow in 1984 and 1988.

Loader was a fish. Simply brilliant, big, strong and totally underrated. Go and watch him blitz the more fancied Aussies and Yanks. 

So here are my rankings. I can't separate Carrington and Snell. I simply can't put Snell second. 

He was that good and that dominant and had such a mana that in my world he shares the greatest tag now with Carrington who has been dominant across three Olympics.  

I'm putting Loader third because swimming is a glamour event.

His performances were just awesome and blew us all away. 

And Ferguson I put at four. Four golds across two Olympics.

I almost feel like saying sorry for putting him there. I hope it doesn't come across as disrespectful, but I'm a massive fan of what Loader did.

And I haven't even mentioned Eric Murray and Hamish Bond who were simply amazing. 

Duncan Garner hosts The AM Show.