Stephen Parry (swimmer)
|Representing Great Britain|
|2004 Athens||200 m butterfly|
|European Championships (LC)|
|1997 Seville||200 m butterfly|
|European Championships (SC)|
|2002 Riesa||200 m butterfly|
|2002 Riesa||200 m backstroke|
|2003 Dublin||200 m butterfly|
|2000 Valencia||200 m butterfly|
|2000 Valencia||4×50 m freestyle|
|2002 Manchester||200 m butterfly|
|1998 Kuala Lumpur||200 m butterfly|
|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.
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
|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|