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Craig Benson

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
Born Livingston
Team/Club Warrender Baths
Coach Laurel Bailey
He impressed at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade with 100m Breaststroke silver and a fourth place in the 50m Breast.

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.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
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  

International Results

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 100m Breaststroke 2012 1:00.04 14th
World Short Course Championships 50m Breaststroke 2012 27.28 18th
  100m Breaststroke   59.11 18th
European Short Course Championships 50m Breaststroke 2012 27.55 19th
  100m Breaststroke   59.08 12th
  200m Breaststroke   2:07.02 6th
  100m Individual Medley   56.74 31st
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:38.69 10th
  Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay   1:43.59 13th
  50m Breaststroke 2011 28.14 34th
  100m Breaststroke   1:00.97 38th
World Youth Championships 50m Breaststroke 2011 28.44 SILVER
  100m Breaststroke   1:01.34 GOLD
European Junior Championships 50m Breaststroke 2012 28.45 5th
  100m Breaststroke   1:01.64 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:42.84 BRONZE
  50m Breaststroke 2011 28.57 4th
  100m Breaststroke   1:02.17 SILVER
  200m Breaststroke   2:19.04 14th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:43.46 4th
European Youth Olympic Festival 100m Breaststroke 2009 1:06.25 7th
  200m Breaststroke   2:24.02 13th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Breaststroke 2014 1:01.50 7th
  200m Breaststroke   2:11.93 5th
  50m Breaststroke 2013 28.17 6th
  100m Breaststroke   1:01.01 5th
  200m Breaststroke   2:11.21 4th
  100m Breaststroke 2012 1:00.47 SILVER
  200m Breaststroke   2:15.67 11th
  50m Breaststroke 2011 29.48 9th
  100m Breaststroke   1:03.19 9th
  200m Breaststroke   2:21.45 15th
  100m Breaststroke 2010 1:06.04 25th
  200m Breaststroke   2:25.64 23rd
  100m Breaststroke 2009 1:05.42 20th
  200m Breaststroke   2:25.58 28th
  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...

Food: Pizza.

Hobbies: Swimming (obviously), starting to play a bit of golf.


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