World record progression 200 metres butterfly

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Graphs of the progression of the World Records in all four strokes (50m, 100m and 200m distances).

This is a history of the progression of the World Record for the Swimming event: the 200 Butterfly. It is a listing of the fastest-time-ever swum in the event, in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) swimming pool. These records are maintained/recognized by FINA, which oversees international competitive Aquatics.

The long course records are historically older than the short course records: the long course records go back to at least the 1950s, whereas the short course marks having only been recognized since the early 1990s.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:19.0 United States Mike Troy July 11, 1959 United States Los Altos, United States
2:16.4 United States Mike Troy July 11, 1959 United States Los Altos, United States
2:15.0 United States Mike Troy July 10, 1960 United States Evansville, United States
2:13.4 United States Mike Troy July 23, 1960 United States Toledo, United States
2:13.2 United States Mike Troy August 4, 1960 United States Detroit, United States
2:12.8 United States Mike Troy September 2, 1960 Italy Rome, Italy
2:12.6 United States Carl Robie August 19, 1961 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:12.5 Australia Kevin Berry February 20, 1962 Australia Melbourne, Australia
2:12.4 United States Carl Robie August 11, 1962 United States Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:10.8 United States Carl Robie August 11, 1962 United States Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:09.7 Australia Kevin Berry October 23, 1962 Australia Melbourne, Australia
2:08.4 Australia Kevin Berry January 12, 1963 Australia Sydney, Australia
2:08.2 United States Carl Robie March 18, 1963 Japan Tokyo, Japan
2:06.9 Australia Kevin Berry March 29, 1964 Australia Sydney, Australia
2:06.6 Australia Kevin Berry October 18, 1964 Japan Tokyo, Japan
2:06.4 United States Mark Spitz July 26, 1967 Canada Winnipeg, Canada
2:06.0 United States John Ferris August 30, 1967 Japan Tokyo, Japan
2:05.7 United States Mark Spitz October 8, 1967 Germany West Berlin, West Germany
2:05.4 United States Mark Spitz August 22, 1970 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:05.0 United States Gary Hall, Sr. August 22, 1970 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:03.9 United States Mark Spitz August 27, 1971 United States Houston, United States
2:03.3 Germany Hans-Joachim Fassnacht August 31, 1971 Sweden Landskrona, Sweden
2:01.87 United States Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 United States Chicago, United States
2:01.53 United States Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 United States Chicago, United States
2:00.70 United States Mark Spitz August 28, 1972 Germany Munich, West Germany
2:00.21 East Germany Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.63 East Germany Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.23 United States Mike Bruner July 18, 1976 Canada Montréal, Québec
1:58.21 United States Craig Beardsley July 30, 1980 United States Irvine, United States
1:58.01 United States Craig Beardsley August 22, 1981 Soviet Union Kiev, Soviet Union
1:57.05 Germany Michael Gross August 26, 1983 Italy Rome, Italy
1:57.04 Australia Jon Sieben August 3, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
1:57.01 Germany Michael Gross June 29, 1985 Germany Wuppertal, West Germany
1:56.65 Germany Michael Gross August 10, 1985 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
1:56.24 Germany Michael Gross June 28, 1986 Germany Hannover, West Germany
1:55.69 United States Melvin Stewart January 12, 1991 Australia Perth, Australia
1:55.22 Russia Denis Pankratov June 14, 1995 France Canet-en-Roussillon, France
1:55.18 United States Tom Malchow June 17, 2000 United States Charlotte, United States
1:54.92 United States Michael Phelps March 30, 2001 United States Austin, United States
1:54.58 United States Michael Phelps July 24, 2001 Japan Fukuoka, Japan
1:53.93 United States Michael Phelps July 22, 2003 Spain Barcelona, Spain
1:53.80 United States Michael Phelps August 17, 2006 Canada Victoria, Canada
1:53.71 United States Michael Phelps February 17, 2007 United States Columbia, United States
1:52.09 United States Michael Phelps March 28, 2007 Australia Melbourne, Australia
1:52.03 United States Michael Phelps August 13, 2008 China Beijing, China
1:51.51 United States Michael Phelps July 29, 2009 Italy Rome, Italy

Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
1:54.67 France Franck Esposito February 1, 1992 France Paris, France
1:54.58 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 6, 1993 France Paris, France
1:54.50 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 9, 1993 Sweden Malmö, Sweden
1:54.21 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 13, 1993 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:53.05 France Franck Esposito March 26, 1994 France Paris, France
1:52.64 Russia Denis Pankratov February 2, 1997 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:51.76 United Kingdom James Hickman March 28, 1998 France Paris, France
1:51.58 France Franck Esposito January 14, 2001 France Antibes, France
1:51.21 Germany Thomas Rupprath December 1, 2001 Germany Rostock, Germany
1:50.73 France Franck Esposito December 8, 2002 France Antibes, France
1:50.60 Russia Nikolay Skvortsov December 13, 2008 Croatia Rijeka, Croatia
1:50.53 Russia Nikolay Skvortsov February 15, 2009 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
1:49.11 Brazil Kaio de Almeida November 10, 2009 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
1:49.04 South Africa Chad le Clos August 7, 2013 Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands
1:48.56 South Africa Chad le Clos November 5, 2013 Singapore Singapore, Singapore

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:40.5 United States Nancy Ramey June 29, 1958 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:38.9 Netherlands Tineke Lagerberg September 13, 1958 Netherlands Naarden, Netherlands
2:37.0 United States Becky Collins July 19, 1959 United States Redding, United States
2:34.4 Netherlands Marianne Heemskerk June 12, 1960 East Germany Leipzig, East Germany
2:32.8 United States Becky Collins August 13, 1961 United States Philadelphia, United States
2:31.2 United States Sharon Finneran August 19, 1962 United States Chicago, United States
2:30.7 United States Sharon Finneran August 25, 1962 United States Los Altos, United States
2:29.1 United States Susan Pitt July 27, 1963 United States Philadelphia, United States
2:28.1 United States Sharon Stouder July 12, 1964 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:26.4 United States Sharon Stouder August 2, 1964 United States Los Altos, United States
2:26.3 United States Kendis Moore August 15, 1965 United States Maumee, United States
2:25.8 Netherlands Ada Kok August 21, 1965 Netherlands Leiden, Netherlands
2:25.3 Netherlands Ada Kok September 12, 1965 Netherlands Groningen, Netherlands
2:22.5 Netherlands Ada Kok August 2, 1967 Netherlands Groningen, Netherlands
2:21.0 Netherlands Ada Kok August 25, 1967 United Kingdom Blackpool, United Kingdom
2:20.7 United States Karen Moe July 11, 1970 United States Santa Clara, United States
2:19.3 United States Alice Jones August 22, 1970 United States Los Angeles, United States
2:18.6 United States Karen Moe August 7, 1971 United States Santa Clara, United States
2:18.4 United States Ellie Daniel August 28, 1971 United States Houston, United States
2:16.62 United States Karen Moe August 6, 1972 United States Chicago, United States
2:15.57 United States Karen Moe September 4, 1972 Germany Munich, West Germany
2:15.45 East Germany Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.76 East Germany Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.60 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel March 14, 1976 Soviet Union Tallinn, Soviet Union
2:12.84 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel June 4, 1976 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.22 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel June 5, 1976 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.20 East Germany Andrea Pollack April 9, 1978 Soviet Union Leningrad, Soviet Union
2:09.87 East Germany Andrea Pollack July 4, 1978 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
2:09.77 United States Mary T. Meagher July 7, 1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
2:08.41 United States Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 United States Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:07.01 United States Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 United States Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:06.37 United States Mary T. Meagher July 30, 1980 United States Irvine, United States
2:05.96 United States Mary T. Meagher August 13, 1981 United States Brown Deer, United States
2:05.81 Australia Susie O'Neill May 17, 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia
2:05.78 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak August 4, 2002 Germany Berlin, Germany
2:05.61 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak July 28, 2005 Canada Montreal, Canada
2:05.40 Australia Jessicah Schipper August 17, 2006 Canada Victoria, Canada
2:04.18 China Liu Zige August 14, 2008 China Beijing, China
2:04.14 United States Mary Descenza July 29, 2009 Italy Rome, Italy
2:03.41 Australia Jessicah Schipper July 30, 2009 Italy Rome, Italy
2:01.81 China Liu Zige October 21, 2009 China Jinan, China

Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:05.37 Australia Susie O'Neill February 17, 1999 Sweden Malmö, Sweden
2:04.43 Australia Susie O'Neill September 2, 1999 Australia Canberra, Australia
2:04.16 Australia Susie O'Neill January 18, 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia
2:04.04 China Yang Yu January 18, 2004 Germany Berlin, Germany
2:03.53 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak December 13, 2007 Hungary Debrecen, Hungary
2:03.12 Japan Yuko Nakanishi February 23, 2008 Japan Tokyo, Japan
2:02.50 China Liu Zige November 11, 2009 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
2:00.78 China Liu Zige November 15, 2009 Germany Berlin, Germany

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