Swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle
The women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. It will be the event's fourteenth consecutive appearance, having been held at every edition since 1968.
|Women's 800 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
|Venue||Tokyo Aquatics Centre|
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Katie Ledecky (USA)||8:04.79||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||12 August 2016|||
|Olympic record||Katie Ledecky (USA)||8:04.79||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||12 August 2016|||
The Olympic Qualifying Time for the event is 8:33.36. 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 8:48.76. 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.
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.
The swimmers with the top 8 times, regardless of heat, advance to the final.
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- Crouse, Karen (12 August 2016). "Katie Ledecky Smashes World Record in the 800-Meter Freestyle". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "Tokyo 2020 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Tokyo 2020. FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- "FINA Swimming Rulebook, 2017–21" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.