Swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

The men's 1500 metre freestyle event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held on 31 July and 2 August at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's twenty-seventh consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1904.

Men's 1500 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueTokyo Aquatics Centre
  • 31 July (heats)
  • 2 August (final)
← 2016
2024 →


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Sun Yang (CHN) 14:31.02 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012 [2][3]
Olympic record   Sun Yang (CHN) 14:31.02 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012 [2][3]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 15:00.99. Up to two swimmers per National Olympic Committee (NOC) can automatically qualify by swimming that time at an approved qualification event. The Olympic Selection Time is 15:28.02. Up to one swimmer per NOC meeting that time is eligible for selection, allocated by world ranking until the maximum quota for all swimming events is reached. NOCs without a male swimmer qualified in any event can also use their universality place.[4]

Competition formatEdit

The competition consists of two rounds: heats and a final. The swimmers with the best 8 times in the heats advance to the final. Swim-offs are used as necessary to break ties for advancement to the next round.[5]


All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)[1]

Date Time Round
Friday, 31 July 2020 19:00 Heats
Sunday, 2 August 2020 10:30 Final



The swimmers with the top 8 times, regardless of heat, advance to the final.



  1. ^ a b "Tokyo 2020: Swimming Schedule". Tokyo 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Jim (5 August 2012). "Sun Yang smashes 1500m freestyle world record at London Olympics". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Auerbach, Nicole (4 August 2012). "China's Sun crushes world record by 3 seconds in 1,500". USA Today. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (pdf). Tokyo 2020. FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. ^ "FINA Swimming Rulebook, 2017–21" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.