World record progression 200 metres individual medley

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The first world record in the 200 metres individual medley in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1956, followed by the women a year later. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

TIME SWIMMER NATIONALITY DATE MEET PLACE REF
2:30.7 George Harrison  United States August 24, 1956 Los Angeles, California
2:29.1 Frank Brunnell  United States July 19, 1958 Akron, Ohio
2:26.2 Gary Heinrich  United States June 27, 1959 Los Angeles, California
2:24.7 Lance Larson  United States July 11, 1959 Santa Clara, California
2:22.2 John McGill  United States July 23, 1960 Toledo, Ohio
2:22.1 Ted Stickles  United States July 23, 1960 Toledo, Ohio
2:21.3 Ted Stickles  United States July 2, 1961 Chicago, Illinois
2:20.5 Ted Stickles  United States July 22, 1961 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2:19.6 Ted Stickles  United States August 19, 1961 Men’s NAAA Championships Los Angeles, California
2:15.9 Ted Stickles  United States August 19, 1961 Los Angeles, California
2:15.5 Dick Roth  United States August 2, 1964 Los Altos, California
2:14.9 Dick Roth  United States August 15, 1964 Maumee, Ohio
2:13.1 Greg Buckingham  United States July 24, 1966 Los Altos, California
2:12.4 Greg Buckingham  United States August 21, 1966 Lincoln, Nebraska
2:11.3 Greg Buckingham  United States August 23, 1967 Oak Park, California
2:10.6 Charlie Hickcox  United States August 31, 1968 US Olympic Trials Los Angeles, California
2:09.6 Gary Hall, Sr.  United States August 17, 1969 Louisville, Kentucky
2:09.5 Gary Hall, Sr.  United States August 23, 1970 AAU Championships Los Angeles, California
2:09.3 Gunnar Larsson  Sweden September 12, 1970 European Championships Barcelona, Spain
2:09.30 Gary Hall, Sr.  United States August 2, 1972 Chicago, Illinois
2:07.17 Gunnar Larsson  Sweden September 3, 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany
2:06.32 David Wilkie  United Kingdom August 24, 1974 European Championships Vienna, Austria
2:06.32 Steve Furniss  United States September 1, 1974 Concord, California
2:06.08 Bruce Furniss  United States August 23, 1975 Kansas City, Missouri
2:05.31 Graham Smith  Canada August 4, 1977 Montreal, Canada
2:05.24 Aleksandr Sidorenko  Soviet Union July 9, 1978 Moscow, Soviet Union
2:04.39 Steve Lundquist  United States August 2, 1978 The Woodlands, Texas
2:03.56 Graham Smith  Canada August 24, 1978 World Championships West Berlin, West Germany
2:03.29 Jesse Vassallo  United States July 6, 1979 San Juan, Puerto Rico
2:03.24 Bill Barrett  United States August 1, 1980 Irvine, California
2:03.01 Jeremy Reingold  South Africa September 26, 1980 Cape Town, South Africa
2:02.78 Alex Baumann  Canada July 29, 1981 Heidelberg, West Germany
2:02.25 Alex Baumann  Canada August 1, 1982 Brisbane, Queensland
2:01.42 Alex Baumann  Canada August 4, 1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, California
2:00.56 Tamás Darnyi  Hungary August 23, 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France
2:00.17 Tamás Darnyi  Hungary September 25, 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
2:00.11 David Wharton  United States August 20, 1989 Pan Pacific Championships Tokyo, Japan
1:59.36 Tamás Darnyi  Hungary January 13, 1991 World Championships Perth, Western Australia
1:58.16 Jani Sievinen  Finland September 11, 1994 World Championships Rome, Italy
1:57.94 Michael Phelps  United States June 29, 2003 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, California
1:57.52 Michael Phelps  United States July 24, 2003 World Championships Barcelona, Spain
1:56.04 Michael Phelps  United States July 25, 2003 World Championships Barcelona, Spain
1:55.94 Michael Phelps  United States August 9, 2003 USA Summer Nationals College Park, Maryland
1:55.84 Michael Phelps  United States August 20, 2006 Pan Pacific Championships Victoria, Canada
1:54.98 Michael Phelps  United States March 29, 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Victoria
1:54.80 Michael Phelps  United States July 4, 2008 US Olympic Trials Omaha, Nebraska
1:54.23 Michael Phelps  United States August 15, 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
1:54.10 Ryan Lochte  United States July 30, 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
1:54.00 Ryan Lochte  United States July 28, 2011 World Championships Shanghai, China [1][2]

Short course[edit]

TIME SWIMMER NATIONALITY DATE PLACE REF
1:57.19 Jani Sievinen  Finland January 17, 1992 Kuopio, Finland
1:56.84 Jani Sievinen  Finland January 22, 1993 Helsinki, Finland
1:56.62 Jani Sievinen  Finland February 7, 1993 Paris, France
1:55.59 Jani Sievinen  Finland February 10, 1993 Malmö, Sweden
1:54.65 Jani Sievinen  Finland April 21, 1994 Kuopio, Finland
1:54.65 Attila Czene  Hungary March 23, 2000 Minneapolis, MN, USA
1:53.93 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago March 25, 2004 East Meadow, NY, USA
1:53.46 László Cseh  Hungary December 8, 2005 Trieste, Italy
1:53.31 Ryan Lochte  United States April 7, 2006 Shanghai, China
1:53.14 Thiago Pereira  Brazil November 18, 2007 Berlin, Germany
1:52.99 László Cseh  Hungary December 13, 2007 Debrecen, Hungary
1:51.56 Ryan Lochte  United States April 11, 2008 Manchester, United Kingdom
1:51.55 Darian Townsend  South Africa November 15, 2009 Berlin, Germany
1:50.08 Ryan Lochte  United States December 17, 2010 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1:49.63 Ryan Lochte  United States December 14, 2012 Istanbul, Turkey [3]

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

TIME SWIMMER NATIONALITY DATE MEET PLACE
2:48.2 Patty Kempner  United States April 27, 1957 Chicago, Illinois
2:47.7 Becky Collins  United States July 20, 1958 Akron, Ohio
2:43.2 Sylvia Ruuska  United States August 16, 1958 Fresno, California
2:40.3 Sylvia Ruuska  United States January 14, 1959 Hobart, Tasmania
2:40.1 Donna de Varona  United States May 13, 1961 Redding, California
2:37.1 Donna de Varona  United States July 9, 1961 Tenri, Japan
2:35.0 Donna de Varona  United States August 12, 1961 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2:33.3 Donna de Varona  United States August 18, 1962 Chicago, Illinois
2:31.8 Donna de Varona  United States July 27, 1963 Los Angeles, California
2:30.1 Donna de Varona  United States July 11, 1964 Los Angeles, California
2:29.9 Donna de Varona  United States August 1, 1964 Los Altos, California
2:29.0 Lynn Vidali  United States July 22, 1966 Los Altos, California
2:27.8 Claudia Kolb  United States August 21, 1966 Lincoln, Nebraska
2:27.5 Claudia Kolb  United States July 8, 1967 Santa Clara, California
2:26.1 Claudia Kolb  United States July 30, 1967 Winnipeg, Canada
2:25.0 Claudia Kolb  United States August 18, 1967 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2:23.5 Claudia Kolb  United States August 25, 1967 Los Angeles, California
2:23.07 Shane Gould  Australia August 28, 1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany
2:23.01 Kornelia Ender  East Germany April 13, 1973 East Berlin, East Germany
2:20.51 Andrea Hubner  East Germany September 4, 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:18.97 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany August 18, 1974 European Championships Vienna, Austria
2:18.83 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany June 10, 1975 Wittenberg, West Germany
2:18.30 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany March 12, 1976 Tallinn, Soviet Union
2:17.14 Kornelia Ender  East Germany June 5, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
2:16.96 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany July 10, 1977 Leipzig, East Germany
2:15.95 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany August 20, 1977 European Championships Jönköping, Sweden
2:15.85 Ulrike Tauber  East Germany August 28, 1977 East Berlin, East Germany
2:15.09 Tracy Caulkins  United States August 2, 1978 The Woodlands, Texas
2:14.07 Tracy Caulkins  United States August 20, 1978 World Championships West Berlin, West Germany
2:13.69 Tracy Caulkins  United States January 5, 1980 Austin, Texas
2:13.00 Petra Schneider  East Germany May 24, 1980 East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.73 Ute Geweniger  East Germany July 4, 1981 Magdeburg, East Germany
2:11.65 Lin Li  China July 30, 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
2:09.72 Wu Yanyan  China October 17, 1997 China's National Games Shanghai, China
2:08.92 Stephanie Rice  Australia March 25, 2008 Australian Championships & Olympic Trials Sydney, New South Wales
2:08.45 Stephanie Rice  Australia August 13, 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
2:07.03 Ariana Kukors  United States July 26, 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
2:06.15 Ariana Kukors  United States July 27, 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy

Short course[edit]

TIME SWIMMER NATIONALITY DATE PLACE
2:07.79 Allison Wagner  United States December 5, 1993 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2:06.13 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe April 12, 2008 Manchester, United Kingdom
2:04.64 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary December 10, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
2:04.60 Julia Smit  United States December 19, 2009 Manchester, United Kingdom
2:04.39 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary August 7, 2013 Eindhoven, Netherland
2:03.20 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary August 7, 2013 Eindhoven, Netherland

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