Stephen Parry (swimmer)

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Steve Parry
Medal record
Men's swimming
Competitor for  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
Competitor for  England
Silver medal – second place 2002 Manchester 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester 4×200 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur 200 m butterfly

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.

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

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