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

The women'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-third consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1924.

Women'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   Rikke Møller Pedersen (DEN) 2:19.11 Barcelona, Spain 1 August 2013 [2]
Olympic record   Rebecca Soni (USA) 2:19.59 London, United Kingdom 2 August 2012 [3]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 2:25.52. 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 2:29.89. 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 female swimmer qualified in any event can also use their universality place.[4]

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.[5]


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. ^ "Pedersen sets 200 meters breaststroke world record". Reuters. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Rebecca Soni sets world record in winning gold". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  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.