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

The women'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 fourteenth consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1968.

Women'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   Liu Zige (CHN) 2:01.81 Jinan, China 21 October 2009 [2][3]
Olympic record   Jiao Liuyang (CHN) 2:04.06 London, United Kingdom 1 August 2012 [4]


The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 2:08.43. 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 2:12.28. 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.[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. ^ "Chinese National Games: Liu Zige Shocks World With Astounding 200 Fly World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 21 October 2009. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Chinese Olympic champion Liu Zige breaks women's 200m butterfly world record". People's Daily. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ "2012 London Olympics: China's Jiao Liuyang Goes Silver-to-Gold With Olympic Record in Women's 200 Fly; Kathleen Hersey, Cammile Adams Miss Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 9 July 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.