Craig Benson

  • Craig Benson
  • Sport: Swimming
  • Age: 18
  • From: Livingston
  • Lives: Livingston

Biography

Craig is the World Junior Champion for 100m Breaststroke and London 2012 will be his first Olympic Games. 

After an encouraging first taste of international swimming at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Craig 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 Craig made his mark at the 2012 British Championships, setting a personal best to win silver and secure his Olympic spot.

London 2012 Events

100m Breaststroke

When to watch

100m Breaststroke on 29 July

Quote

I’m not going in with the attitude ‘I’ve qualified, I can just enjoy it and hope I swim well’, I’m determined to get into the final, and once I’m in the final I’m just going to take on whoever else is going to be going for that gold medal.

Twitter

@CraigBenson94

And another thing

Craig admits he doesn't come from a swimming family - his father Nigel can't swim and he only started the sport to follow his brother Andrew who swam to help his asthma. But his uncle Alan Doris won the Scottish 100m title on the athletics track in 1988.

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