Josef Craig Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    17 Feb 1997
  • Coach

    Danny Thompson
  • Club

    City of Sunderland
  • Main event

    Freestyle
  • Best result

    Paralympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 8
    • 6
    • 9
Josef Craig Torso Image

Josef Craig MBE broke into the scene by breaking the world record in the 400m Freestyle and winning the gold medal at his first Paralympic Games in London and has continued to be a strong figure on the British Para-Swimming Team since. 

Craig returned to the podium at his second Paralympic Games in Rio as he took bronze in the Men's S8 100m Freestyle. Earlier in 2016 Craig picked up a silver at the IPC European Championships in the Men's S8 400m Freestyle.

Despite a reclassification from S7 to S8, Craig made an instant impact at his debut European Championships in Eindhoven 2014, coming away with a haul of three bronze medals in the S8 100m, 400m Freestyle and the 34pt 4x100m Freestyle relay.

There was strong and continued improvement in 2013, Craig won the MC 100m and 400m Freestyle titles at both the British Para-Swimming International Meet and British Championships. He then went on to repeat the feat at the World Champs in Montreal, winning gold in S7 both events and a further silver S7 50m Freestyle.

In 2012, at just the age of 15 years old Josef Craig smashed the World in both the heat and final of the S7 400m Freestyle and in the process became Great Britain's youngest gold medallist at London 2012; an achievement which led to him being named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2012.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S8 50m Freestyle 2016 27.22
S8 100m Freestyle 2016 58.19 BR
S8 200m Freestyle 2014 2:13.08
S8 400m Freestyle 2015 4:34.00
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S8 50m Freestyle 2014 27.69 BR
S8 100m Freestyle 2014 1:00.23 BR
S8 200m Freestyle 2014 2:09.00
S8 400m Freestyle 2013 4:32.38 ER
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S8 50m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 27.27 6th
S8 100m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 58.19 Bronze
S8 400m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 4:39.04 6th
Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 2016 - Rio 3:53.47 5th
S7 50m Freestyle 2012 - London 29.39 7th
S7 100m Freestyle 2012 - London 1:02.20 4th
S7 400m Freestyle 2012 - London 4:42.81 Gold
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S7 50m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 28.53 Silver
S7 100m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 1:01.74 Gold
S7 400m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 4:39.14 Gold
IPC European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S8 50m Freestyle 2016 - Funchal 27.22 4th
S8 400m Freestyle 2016 - Funchal 4:35.87 Silver
S8 50m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 28.56 5th
S8 100m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 1:00.52 Bronze
S8 400m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 4:38.14 Bronze
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:33.92 10th
34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2014 - Eindhoven 4:02.41 Bronze
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 50m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 27.27 Bronze
MC 100m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 59.32 Gold
MC 400m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 4:36.06 Silver
MC 100m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 1:00.27 5th
MC 400m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 4:37.40 Silver
MC 50m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 29.53 25th
MC 100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 1:00.56 8th
MC 400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 4:38.49 Bronze
MC 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:36.45 41st
MC 50m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 29.52 Silver
MC 100m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 1:02.90 Gold
MC 400m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 4:43.02 Gold
MC 50m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 30.35 30th
MC 100m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 1:05.40 24th
MC 400m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 4:54.23 Bronze
MC 50m Butterfly 2012 - Sheffield 35.81 9th