Swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's sixteenth appearance, having been first held in 1900 and then at every edition since 1964.

Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueTokyo Aquatics Centre
← 2016
2024 →


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

World record   Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:51.92 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009 [2][3]
Olympic record   Tyler Clary (USA) 1:53.41 London, United Kingdom 2 August 2012 [4]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 1:57.50. 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 2:01.03. 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.[5]

Competition formatEdit

The competition consists of three rounds: heats, semifinals, and a final. The swimmers with the best 16 times in the heats advance to the semifinals. The swimmers with the best 8 times in the semifinals advance to the final. Swim-offs are used as necessary to break ties for advancement to the next round.[6]


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

Date Time Round
TBC 19:00 Heats
TBC 10:30 Semifinals
TBC 10:30 Final



The swimmers with the top 16 times, regardless of heat, advance to the semifinals.


The swimmers with the best 8 times, regardless of heat, advanced to the final.



  1. ^ a b "Tokyo 2020: Swimming Schedule". Tokyo 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Cavic supplants Phelps' 100 fly time". ESPN. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (31 July 2009). "Phelps earns relay gold medal, Peirsol sets 200m backstroke mark". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Clary tops Lochte, wins gold in 200-meter backstroke". USA Today. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (pdf). Tokyo 2020. FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ "FINA Swimming Rulebook, 2017–21" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.