Craig Mottram is a four-time Olympian, having competed in the 5000m distance at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. His best Olympic result was in Athens when he finished eighth. Mottram won bronze at the 2005 World Championships and silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. After missing the 2009 World Championships due to injury, Mottram returned to competition. The Victorian made his fourth Games appearance in London where he finished 16th in his heat.