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

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's seventeenth consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1956.

Men's 200 metre butterfly
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   Kristóf Milák (HUN) 1:50.73 Gwangju, South Korea 24 July 2019 [2][3]
Olympic record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.03 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [4]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 1:56.48. 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 1:59.97. 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. ^ Poggi, Alessandro (24 July 2019). "Kristof Milak breaks Michael Phelps' record to win 200m butterfly title in Gwangju". Olympic Channel. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael Phelps world record shattered by 19-year-old at swimming worlds". NBC Sports. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  4. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 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.