2024 Olympic Qualifying Standards Released; Times Are Extremely Fast

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2024 Olympic Qualifying Standards Released; Times Are Extremely Fast

The FINA qualifying times for the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris have been released with some extremely fast standards.

There are a few events with the same standard as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but for the most part, the standards are faster — and in most cases, much faster. The times in the men’s 400 free, 1500 free and 200 backstroke are the same. The rest of the events on the men’s side have faster expectations, with several events standing out.

For a country to earn a pair of invitations to the Games, two athletes must hit the A standard. A country will be permitted a single entry in an event if the B standard is met.

In the men’s 100 butterfly, athletes will have to crack the 52-second barrier to qualify for action in Paris, and an argument can be made that this event jumps out as the most difficult to meet. For a country to qualify two swimmers in the 100 fly, a time of 51.67 will be required. Additionally, the cutoff in the 400 IM for a single entry is 4:13.76.

The times for the women’s 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 400 free are the same but the 800 free time is nearly seven seconds faster, while the 1500 free time is a stunning 22 seconds faster. It will now take under a minute for a country to send a pair of entries in the women’s 100 backstroke and sub-1:07 will be required for two entries in the 100 breaststroke.

Men’s Olympic A Standards

50 Free: 21.96 (22.01 in 2020) — B 22.07
100 Free: 48.34 (48.57 in 2020) — B 48.58
200 Free: 1:46.26 (1:47.02 in 202) — B 1:46.79
400 Free: 3:46.78 (3:46.78 in 2020) — B 3:47.91
800 Free: 7:51.65 (7:54.31 in 2020) — B 7:54.01
1500 Free: 15:00.99 (15:00.99 in 2020) — B 15:05.49
100 Backstroke: 53.74 (53.85 in 2020)— B 54.01
200 Backstroke: 1:57.50 (1:57.50 in 2020) — B 1:58.09
100 Breaststroke: 59.49 (59.93 in 2020) — B 59.79
200 Breaststroke: 2:09.68 (2:10.35 in 2020) — B 2:10.33
100 Butterfly: 51.67 (51.96 in 2020) — B 51.93
200 Butterfly: 1:55.78 (1:56.48 in 2020) — B 1:56.36
200 IM: 1:57.94 (1:59.67 in 2020) — B 1:58.53
400 IM: 4:12.50 (4:15.84 in 2020) — B 4:13.76

Women’s Olympic A Standards

50 Free: 24.70 (24.77 in 2020) — B 24.82
100 Free: 53.61 (54.38 in 2020) — B 53.88
200 Free: 1:57.26 (1:57.28 in 2020) — B 1:57.85
400 Free: 4:07.90 (4:07.90 in 2020) — B 4:09.14
800 Free: 8:26.71 (8:33.36 in 2020) — B 8:29.24
1500 Free: 16:09.09 (16:32.04 in 2020)— B 16:13.94
100 Backstroke: 59.99 (1:00.25 in 2020) — B 1:00.29
200 Backstroke: 2:10.39 (2:10.39 in 2020) — B 2:11.04
100 Breaststroke: 1:06.79 (1:07.07 in 2020) — B 1:07.12
200 Breaststroke: 2:23.91 (2:25.52 in 2020) — B 2:24.63
100 Butterfly: 57.92 (57.92 in 2020) — B 58.21
200 Butterfly: 2:08.43 (2:08.43 in 2020) — 2:09.07
200 IM: 2:11.47 (2:12.56 in 2020) — B 2:12.13
400 IM: 4:38.53 (4:38.53 in 2020) — B 4:39.92

2024 Olympic qualifying times

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Angello Malefakis
27 days ago

Sorry but FINA needs to get its act together. It is time to bring back the three (3) qualifiers for each nation as it once was . In addition we need some flexibility in times to get more nations involved in swimming. The swimming times as an example make one to be a professional. NOT allowing 3rd world nations to participate is an outright disgrace to the sport. The time for 1500 as example should be 15:30.00. WTF has time to swim the A standard unless YOU are a professional swimmer. How many of these professionals can survive on the mediocre FINA prize money. That is why FINA is like FIFA one of the most corrupt organizations in the world. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on FINA making swimming a professional sport for athletes to live on pennies on the dollar while FINA pockets the rest.

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Joshua Evans
27 days ago

I completely agree. The are essentially removing the B cut times from swimming.

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