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.
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.