After an encouraging first taste of international swimming at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Craig Benson took giant steps forward in 2011 to put himself in the frame for an Olympic spot.
Craig Benson Profile
|Date of Birth||30th April 1994|
A month later, he played a starring role for the British team at the World Youth Championships in Lima, winning gold in the 100m Breaststroke and silver in the 50m Breast.
A senior major championship debut followed at the 2011 European Short Course Championships before Benson made his mark at the 2012 British Champs, setting a personal best to win silver and secure his Olympic spot in the 100m Breaststroke.
The Scot stepped up to the challenge on his Olympic debut at London 2012, becoming the youngest semi-finalist in the 100m Breaststroke before finishing 14th.
|Long Course 50m Breaststroke||28.17||2013|
|Long Course 100m Breaststroke||1:00.04||2012|
|Long Course 200m Breaststroke||2:10.63||2013|
|Short Course 50m Breaststroke||27.28||2012|
|Short Course 100m Breaststroke||59.08||2012|
|Short Course 200m Breaststroke||2:07.02||2012|
|Olympic Games||100m Breaststroke||2012||1:00.04||14th|
|World Short Course Championships||50m Breaststroke||2012||27.28||18th|
|European Short Course Championships||50m Breaststroke||2012||27.55||19th|
|100m Individual Medley||56.74||31st|
|4x50m Medley Relay||1:38.69||10th|
|Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay||1:43.59||13th|
|World Youth Championships||50m Breaststroke||2011||28.44||SILVER|
|European Junior Championships||50m Breaststroke||2012||28.45||5th|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:42.84||BRONZE|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:43.46||4th|
|European Youth Olympic Festival||100m Breaststroke||2009||1:06.25||7th|
|British Championships||100m Breaststroke||2014||1:01.50||7th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:16.61||30th|
In The Pool
Favourite event: 100m breaststroke.
Finest ever performance: Either winning the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Junior Championships in a Championship Record or competing in the heats of the 4x100m medley relay at the Olympic Games and winning the heat.
Role models: Michael Phelps, David Wilkie.
My aspirations are: To win an Olympic gold medal.
Out Of The Pool
If I wasn't a swimmer I would be: I love sport so I'd probably be a sports person in a different sport (if I was good enough that is!) and if not just a regular University Student I guess.
Tip for the top: Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something; if you want something, go get it.
Life after swimming: No idea just yet!
Would most like to meet: Usain Bolt.
Most prized possession: iPhone 5.
Biggest influence on career: Definitely my family; without there commitment, financial and time, I wouldn't be swimming today.
Sports: Wouldn't be right if I didn't put swimming first! Golf, Tennis, Football...
Band/Music: Listen to a variety of music. Example, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Kanye West, Jay-Z...
Hobbies: Swimming (obviously), starting to play a bit of golf.