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

The men's 200 metre individual medley event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's twelfth appearance, having been first held in 1968 and 1972 and then at every edition since 1984.

Men's 200 metre individual medley
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   Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:54.00 Shanghai, China 28 July 2011 [2][3]
Olympic record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.23 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [4]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 1:59.67. 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 2:03.26. 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. ^ "Ryan Lochte sets world record in 200 IM". ESPN. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Ryan Lochte Sets First Post Techsuit-Era World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  4. ^ Crouse, Karen (15 August 2008). "Phelps Moves 200 Meters Closer to His Goal". New York Times. 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.