Craig Benson

Place Of Birth: Livingston
Current Coach: Steven Tigg
Back A Rising Star:

CRAIG BENSON was the World Junior Champion and championship record holder in the 100m breaststroke and was named the Sunday Mail’s Scottish Young Sports Personality of the Year and the Best Up and Coming Scottish Sportsperson in 2012. Since then he's competed at the Rio Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he reached the final of the 100m Breaststroke event. He also competedat London 2012.

Away from the pool, he likes nothing better than a good plate of steak and chips or a relaxing game of golf with his friends.  Craig is a determined and focused swimmer who says his inspiration is Michael Phelps. 

Craig says: “What Phelps has achieved in the pool has been amazing and he teaches all of us that we should never set limits on what you set out to achieve." Craig has quite a scientific brain, saying that Physics, Maths and Chemistry were his best subjects at school – and he has three 'A' grades to prove it.

#ILearnedtoSwim with Craig Benson

"I joined because my older borhter also swam and I can fondly remember my grandad taking me to lessons when I was a nursey kid. I learned to swim at Xcite Bathgate and my first club was Livingston Dedrige Dolphins."


British Championships
201950m Breaststroke27.74Bronze
2019200m Breaststroke2:07.96Bronze
Olympic Games
2016200m Breaststroke2:10.9313th
Olympic Games
2012100m Breaststroke1:00.0414th
Olympic Games
20124x100m Medley Relay3:32.324th
Commonwealth Games
201850m Breaststroke12th
2018100m Breaststroke1:00.426th
2018200m Breaststroke2:10.096th
Commonwealth Games
2014100m Breaststroke 1:00.444th
20144x100m Medley Relay3:37.487th
European Championsips
2016Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay3:44.56Gold
US Open Championships
2015100m BreaststrokeSilver
2015200m BreaststrokeGold
World University Games
2015100m BreaststrokeBronze
2015200m BreaststrokeBronze
World Junior Championships
201150m Breaststroke 28.44Silver
2011100m Breastroke1:01.34Gold
Commonwealth Youth Games
201150m Breaststroke27.79Gold
2011100m Breaststroke 59.63Gold
2011200m Breaststroke 2:11.15Gold
20114X100 Medley RelaySilver
European Juniors
2012100m Breaststroke 1:01.64Bronze
2011100m Breaststroke 1:02.17Silver