Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens will forever be remembered as the chap who surrendered his right to swim in the 400 metres at Athens, to enable Ian Thorpe to successfully defend the Olympic title that he had won at Sydney 2000. Stevens, Antony Matkovich and Todd Pearson were heat swimmers in the 4 x 200metres relay at Athens before Grant Hackett, Michael Klim, Nicholas Sprenger and Thorpe were just edged out for the gold medal by the Michael Phelps-led Americans. In the final, Thorpe desperately tried to reel in the lead set up by the first three Americans but fell 0.13 seconds short, in the closest finish in the event since Los Angeles 1984. Stevens also finished eighth in the 1500 metres at Athens, in a race where Hackett defended his Sydney title. At Beijing 2008, he swam in the heats of the 400 and 1500 metres. At the world championships, he finished second in the 800 metres in 2007 and was part of the gold medal-winning 4 x 200 metres team in 2003.

Olympic Results

2008 Beijing

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 15:04.82 5th
Final Placing 15 / 37
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 3:50.22 8th
Final Placing 25 / 37

2004 Athens

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heats 15:09.54 4th
Final 15:13.66 8th
Final Placing 8 / 34
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Final HACKETT, G; KLIM, M; SPRENGER, N; THORPE, I 7:07.46 2nd
Final Placing 2 / 16