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

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's twenty-sixth consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1908.

Men's 200 metre breaststroke
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   Anton Chupkov (RUS) 2:06.12 Gwangju, South Korea 26 July 2019 [2]
Olympic record   Ippei Watanabe (JPN) 2:07.22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9 August 2016 [3][4]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 2:10.35. 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 2:14.26. 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. ^ Lord, Craig (26 July 2019). "Anton Chupkov Cracks 200 Breast World Record Apart In 2:06.12 After Overhauling Matt Wilson In Last Lap Fightback". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Ippei Watanabe Lowers 200 Breast Olympic Record In Semi-Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Japan's Ippei Watanabe sets a new Olympic record". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  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.