Stephen Parry (swimmer)

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Steve Parry
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens 200 m butterfly
European Championships (LC)
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Seville 200 m butterfly
European Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2002 Riesa 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2002 Riesa 200 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 2003 Dublin 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Valencia 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Valencia 4×50 m freestyle
Commonwealth Games
Representing  England
Silver medal – second place 2002 Manchester 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester 4×200 m freestyle

Stephen Benjamin Parry (born 2 March 1977) is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. He competed internationally in 100-metre and 200-metre butterfly events.


After joining Stockport Metro, he set a Commonwealth record at the 2000 US Nationals in Seattle, beating, among others, a very young Michael Phelps. Later that year he qualified for his first Olympic Games in Sydney.

Four years later in Athens, Greece, Parry won Britain's first Olympic swimming medal in eight years at the Athens Summer Olympics in 200-metres butterfly, being beaten by Michael Phelps and Takashi Yamamoto. Phelps had beaten him into 4th place at Sydney four years earlier. Parry retired from competitive swimming in 2005.

He represented England and won a bronze medal in the 200 metres butterfly event, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[1][2] Four years later he won a silver and bronze medal in the butterfly and relay events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.[3]

At the ASA National British Championships he won the 100 metres butterfly title in 1997 [4] and was an eight-time winner of the 200 metres butterfly title in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 .[5][6][7][8]

After retiring, Parry joined up with former training partner Adrian Turner to create a swimming training program for young people called Total Swimming. He briefly hosted his own Sunday afternoon programme on BBC Radio Merseyside before joining BBC Sport as part of their team covering the swimming at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Personal bests and records[edit]

Event Long course Short course
200 m freestyle 1.50.92 1.48.39
100 m backstroke 53.15
200 m backstroke 1.54.11
100 m butterfly 53.80 52.53
200 m butterfly 1:55.52 NR 1.52.91
Key NR:British

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1998 Athletes". Team England.
  2. ^ "England team in 1998". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  3. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  4. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 18 July 1997, p. 42". Times Digital Archive.
  5. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 24 July 1995, p. 28". Times Digital Archive.
  6. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 15 July 1996, p. 38". Times Digital Archive.
  7. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 21 July 1997, p. 40". Times Digital Archive.
  8. ^ ""For the record." Times, 29 July 2000, p. ^". Times Digital Archive.