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Craig McNally

Craig McNally sampled his first taste of elite level international swimming as a 17-year old rookie for Team Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Craig McNally Profile

Date of Birth 22nd December 1992
Born Edinburgh
Team/Club Warrender Baths
Coach Laurel Bailey
He finished 12th in the 100m Backstroke, 11th in the 200m Back and helped the Scottish 4x100m Medley Relay quartet on the way to a fifth place finish.

The following season, McNally was lifting his first British medal after 50m Backstroke silver behind world record holder Liam Tancock at the 2011 British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester.

After narrowly missing the podium with a fourth (200m Back) and fifth (100m Back) at the 2012 Olympic Trials in London, McNally sealed a spot at his first World Championships with 200m Backstroke gold at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships.

A month later, he sailed into his first World Championship final in Barcelona, ultimately breaking his own Scottish record to finish sixth in the final.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Backstroke 25.92 2011 NR
Long Course 100m Backstroke 54.65 2013  
Long Course 200m Backstroke 1:55.67 2013 NR
Short Course 50m Backstroke 25.30 2013  
Short Course 100m Backstroke 53.83 2012  
Short Course 200m Backstroke 1:55.01 2013  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
World Championships 200m Backstroke 2013 1:55.67 6th
Commonwealth Games 100m Backstroke 2010 56.45 12th
  200m Backstroke   2:02.10 11th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:40.68 5th
European Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2013 25.30 38th
  200m Backstroke   1:55.01 14th
  50m Backstroke 2012 25.40 36th
  100m Backstroke   53.83 31st
  200m Backstroke   1:56.06 19th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Backstroke 2014 57.71 22nd
  100m Backstroke 2013 54.65 4th
  200m Backstroke   1:56.36 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2012 55.22 5th
  200m Backstroke   1:59.91 4th
  50m Backstroke 2011 25.92 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   56.73 6th
  200m Backstroke   2:03.92 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:40.07 27th
  50m Backstroke 2010 27.45 19th
  100m Backstroke   57.82 13th
  200m Backstroke   2:05.49 16th
  100m Backstroke 2009 59.40 29th
  200m Backstroke   2:13.42 37th
  200m Backstroke 2008 2:09.23 27th

In The Pool

Favourite Event: 200 Backstroke

Finest Ever Performance: Coming sixth at the 2013 World Championships - 200 Back

Role Models: People like Michael Phelps for not just reaching the top, but redefining it.

Aspirations: To win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Out Of The Pool

If I Wasn't A Swimmer I Would Be: If I was good enough I would be in another sport like athletics or at university studying for either accounting or veterinary medicine.

Tip For The Top: Always give 100 percent and have fun.

Life After Swimming: I would like to travel and then move into a career in accounting or study to become a vet.

Would Most Like To Meet: Usain Bolt

Most Prized Possession: My Commonwealth Games kilt.

Biggest Influence On Career: My parents for their support over the years.


Sports: Other than swimming, my favourite sport would probably be athletics or tennis.

Food: Steak or lasagne.

Hobbies: Playing PS3 and hanging out with my friends when I can.

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