FINA Releases 2016 Olympic Qualifying Time Standards

LAUSANNE – FINA has announced the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Time Standards, both A and B cuts, for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The qualifying period runs from March 1, 2015 through July 3, 2016 at FINA Approved Events.

As a refresher on qualifying, for a country to qualify two swimmers in an event, both swimmers must beat the designated A cut time.

Otherwise, a country will be held to just one swimmer in the event if one meets the B cut, or is brought in on a “Universality” placement up to 900 total athletes.  Each team will be limited to a maximum of 26 men and 26 women.

Additionally, no new events have been added to the schedule as some in the swimming community have previously hoped.  No stroke 50s and no mixed relays.  The standard six relays will still be on the schedule with the men’s and women’s 400-meter free, 800-meter free and 400-meter medleys on the docket with each relay being capped at 16 countries.

2016 Olympic Qualifying Time Standards

OQT/A OST/B OQT/A OST/B
22.27 23.05 50 free 25.28 26.17
48.99 50.70 100 free 54.43 56.34
1:47.97 1:51.75 200 free 1:58.96 2:03.13
3:50.40 3:58.51 400 free 4:09.08 4:17.80
800 free 8:33.97 8:51.96
15:14.77 15:46.79 1500 free
54.36 56.26 100 back 1:00.25 1:02.36
1:58.22 2:02.36 200 back 2:10.60 2:15.17
1:00.57 1:02.69 100 breast 1:07.85 1:10.22
2:11.66 2:16.27 200 breast 2:26.94 2:32.08
52.36 54.19 100 fly 58.74 1:00.80
1:56.97 2:01.06 200 fly 2:09.33 2:13.86
2:00.28 2:04.39 200 IM 2:14.26 2:18.96
4:16.71 4:25.69 400 IM 4:43.46 4:53.38
2 Comments

2 comments

  1. avatar
    james Vavra

    These are the same as OT cut off times ???

  2. avatar
    G. Suresh

    Good info.

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