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.[1] 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
VenueTokyo Aquatics Centre
← 2016
2024 →


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 [2]
Olympic record   Katie Ledecky (USA) 8:04.79 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12 August 2016 [2]


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.[3]

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.[4]


All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)[1]

Date Time Round
TBC 19:00 Heats
TBC 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. ^ a b Crouse, Karen (12 August 2016). "Katie Ledecky Smashes World Record in the 800-Meter Freestyle". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Tokyo 2020. FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  4. ^ "FINA Swimming Rulebook, 2017–21" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 29 January 2020.