Swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metre freestyle

The men's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held on 28 and 30 July at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.[1] It will be the event's recurrence to the Games for the first time in more than a century.

Men's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueTokyo Aquatics Centre
  • 28 July (heats)
  • 30 July (final)
← 1904 (880 yards)
2024 →


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

World record   Zhang Lin (CHN) 7:32.12 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009 [2]
Olympic record   Emil Rausch (GER) 13:11.4 (880 yards) St. Louis, United States 7 September 1904 [3]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 7:54.31. 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 8:08.54. 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
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 19:00 Heats
Thursday, 30 July 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. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Zhang Lin Shatters Grant Hackett's 800 Free World Record in Victory". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's 880 yard Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  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.