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Craig Benson

Swimming

Fact File

Date of birth

30 April 1994

Sport

Swimming

Club

Stirling

Discipline

100m & 200m Breaststroke

Biography

At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 Craig was a finalist in both 100m and 200m breaststroke achieving 6th place for both his events.

Craig reached the semi-finals of the 200m Breaststroke at the Rio Olympics, his second Olympic games.

Craig first made a splash when he fought his way onto the British Team for the London Olympics, at just 18 years old.    

The competition within Mens Breaststroke since 2012 has been unprecedented with 5 or 6 from the UK consistently within the World Top 20.  Craig has fought to keep within that top flight and battled to secure his place for Rio, producing the results when they were needed, and went on to finish 13th in the Semi-Final of the 200m event. 

Craig has a tremendous amount of drive and belief in what he can achieve and continues to raise the bar every time he competes by focusing on effort, honesty and a desire to seek improvement. This desire has seen him progress from a talented youngster to a world class performer in the pool.

 

Achievements

2018
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, finalist 100m & 200m breast stroke finals
2016
Rio Olympic Games, 200m Breaststroke Semi-Finalist; British Championships, 200m Breaststroke Silver Medallist
2014
Commonwealth Finalist 100m Breaststroke, 4th place
2012
GB Olympic Team Semi-Finals 100m BS and 4 x 100 Medley heats
2011
World Junior Champion, Commonwealth Junior Champion
2010
European Junior Silver Medallist