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 Los Altos, United States
2:16.4 United States Mike Troy July 11, 1959 Los Altos, United States
2:15.0 United States Mike Troy July 10, 1960 Evansville, United States
2:13.4 United States Mike Troy July 23, 1960 Toledo, United States
2:13.2 United States Mike Troy August 4, 1960 Detroit, United States
2:12.8 United States Mike Troy September 2, 1960 Rome, Italy
2:12.6 United States Carl Robie August 19, 1961 Los Angeles, United States
2:12.5 Australia Kevin Berry February 20, 1962 Melbourne, Australia
2:12.4 United States Carl Robie August 11, 1962 Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:10.8 United States Carl Robie August 11, 1962 Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:09.7 Australia Kevin Berry October 23, 1962 Melbourne, Australia
2:08.4 Australia Kevin Berry January 12, 1963 Sydney, Australia
2:08.2 United States Carl Robie March 18, 1963 Tokyo, Japan
2:06.9 Australia Kevin Berry March 29, 1964 Sydney, Australia
2:06.6 Australia Kevin Berry October 18, 1964 Tokyo, Japan
2:06.4 United States Mark Spitz July 26, 1967 Winnipeg, Canada
2:06.0 United States John Ferris August 30, 1967 Tokyo, Japan
2:05.7 United States Mark Spitz October 8, 1967 West Berlin, West Germany
2:05.4 United States Mark Spitz August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:05.0 United States Gary Hall, Sr. August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:03.9 United States Mark Spitz August 27, 1971 Houston, United States
2:03.3 Germany Hans-Joachim Fassnacht August 31, 1971 Landskrona, Sweden
2:01.87 United States Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:01.53 United States Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:00.70 United States Mark Spitz August 28, 1972 Munich, West Germany
2:00.21 East Germany Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.63 East Germany Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.23 United States Mike Bruner July 18, 1976 Montréal, Québec
1:58.21 United States Craig Beardsley July 30, 1980 Irvine, United States
1:58.01 United States Craig Beardsley August 22, 1981 Kiev, Soviet Union
1:57.05 Germany Michael Gross August 26, 1983 Rome, Italy
1:57.04 Australia Jon Sieben August 3, 1984 Los Angeles, United States
1:57.01 Germany Michael Gross June 29, 1985 Wuppertal, West Germany
1:56.65 Germany Michael Gross August 10, 1985 Sofia, Bulgaria
1:56.24 Germany Michael Gross June 28, 1986 Hannover, West Germany
1:55.69 United States Melvin Stewart January 12, 1991 Perth, Australia
1:55.22 Russia Denis Pankratov June 14, 1995 Canet-en-Roussillon, France
1:55.18 United States Tom Malchow June 17, 2000 Charlotte, United States
1:54.92 United States Michael Phelps March 30, 2001 Austin, United States
1:54.58 United States Michael Phelps July 24, 2001 Fukuoka, Japan
1:53.93 United States Michael Phelps July 22, 2003 Barcelona, Spain
1:53.80 United States Michael Phelps August 17, 2006 Victoria, Canada
1:53.71 United States Michael Phelps February 17, 2007 Columbia, United States
1:52.09 United States Michael Phelps March 28, 2007 Melbourne, Australia
1:52.03 United States Michael Phelps August 13, 2008 Beijing, China
1:51.51 United States Michael Phelps July 29, 2009 Rome, Italy
1:50.73 Hungary Kristóf Milák July 24, 2019 Gwangju, South Korea

Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
1:54.67 France Franck Esposito February 1, 1992 Paris, France
1:54.58 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 6, 1993 Paris, France
1:54.50 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 9, 1993 Malmö, Sweden
1:54.21 New Zealand Danyon Loader February 13, 1993 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:53.05 France Franck Esposito March 26, 1994 Paris, France
1:52.64 Russia Denis Pankratov February 2, 1997 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:51.76 United Kingdom James Hickman March 28, 1998 Paris, France
1:51.58 France Franck Esposito January 14, 2001 Antibes, France
1:51.21 Germany Thomas Rupprath December 1, 2001 Rostock, Germany
1:50.73 France Franck Esposito December 8, 2002 Antibes, France
1:50.60 Russia Nikolay Skvortsov December 13, 2008 Rijeka, Croatia
1:50.53 Russia Nikolay Skvortsov February 15, 2009 Saint Petersburg, Russia
1:49.11 Brazil Kaio de Almeida November 10, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
1:49.04 South Africa Chad le Clos August 7, 2013 Eindhoven, Netherlands
1:48.56 South Africa Chad le Clos November 5, 2013 Singapore, Singapore
1:48.24 Japan Daiya Seto December 11, 2018 Hangzhou, China

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:40.5 United States Nancy Ramey June 29, 1958 Los Angeles, United States
2:38.9 Netherlands Tineke Lagerberg September 13, 1958 Naarden, Netherlands
2:37.0 United States Becky Collins July 19, 1959 Redding, United States
2:34.4 Netherlands Marianne Heemskerk June 12, 1960 Leipzig, East Germany
2:32.8 United States Becky Collins August 13, 1961 Philadelphia, United States
2:31.2 United States Sharon Finneran August 19, 1962 Chicago, United States
2:30.7 United States Sharon Finneran August 25, 1962 Los Altos, United States
2:29.1 United States Susan Pitt July 27, 1963 Philadelphia, United States
2:28.1 United States Sharon Stouder July 12, 1964 Los Angeles, United States
2:26.4 United States Sharon Stouder August 2, 1964 Los Altos, United States
2:26.3 United States Kendis Moore August 15, 1965 Maumee, United States
2:25.8 Netherlands Ada Kok August 21, 1965 Leiden, Netherlands
2:25.3 Netherlands Ada Kok September 12, 1965 Groningen, Netherlands
2:22.5 Netherlands Ada Kok August 2, 1967 Groningen, Netherlands
2:21.0 Netherlands Ada Kok August 25, 1967 Blackpool, United Kingdom
2:20.7 United States Karen Moe July 11, 1970 Santa Clara, United States
2:19.3 United States Alice Jones August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:18.6 United States Karen Moe August 7, 1971 Santa Clara, United States
2:18.4 United States Ellie Daniel August 28, 1971 Houston, United States
2:16.62 United States Karen Moe August 6, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:15.57 United States Karen Moe September 4, 1972 Munich, West Germany
2:15.45 East Germany Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.76 East Germany Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.60 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel March 14, 1976 Tallinn, Soviet Union
2:12.84 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel June 4, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.22 East Germany Rosemarie Gabriel June 5, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.20 East Germany Andrea Pollack April 9, 1978 Leningrad, Soviet Union
2:09.87 East Germany Andrea Pollack July 4, 1978 East Berlin, East Germany
2:09.87= United States Tracy Caulkins August 26, 1978 West Berlin, West Germany
2:09.77 United States Mary T. Meagher July 7, 1979 San Juan, Puerto Rico
2:08.41 United States Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:07.01 United States Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:06.37 United States Mary T. Meagher July 30, 1980 Irvine, United States
2:05.96 United States Mary T. Meagher August 13, 1981 Brown Deer, United States
2:05.81 Australia Susie O'Neill May 17, 2000 Sydney, Australia
2:05.78 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak August 4, 2002 Berlin, Germany
2:05.61 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak July 28, 2005 Montreal, Canada
2:05.40 Australia Jessicah Schipper August 17, 2006 Victoria, Canada
2:04.18 China Liu Zige August 14, 2008 Beijing, China
2:04.14 United States Mary Descenza July 29, 2009 Rome, Italy
2:03.41 Australia Jessicah Schipper July 30, 2009 Rome, Italy
2:01.81 China Liu Zige October 21, 2009 Jinan, China

Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:05.37 Australia Susie O'Neill February 17, 1999 Malmö, Sweden
2:04.43 Australia Susie O'Neill September 2, 1999 Canberra, Australia
2:04.16 Australia Susie O'Neill January 18, 2000 Sydney, Australia
2:04.04 China Yang Yu January 18, 2004 Berlin, Germany
2:03.53 Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak December 13, 2007 Debrecen, Hungary
2:03.12 Japan Yuko Nakanishi February 23, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
2:02.50 China Liu Zige November 11, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
2:00.78 China Liu Zige November 15, 2009 Berlin, Germany
1:59.61 Spain Mireia Belmonte December 3, 2014 Doha, Qatar


All-time top 25[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of July 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 1:50.73  Kristóf Milák (HUN) 24 July 2019 South Korea
2 1:51.51  Michael Phelps (USA) 29 July 2009 Italy
3 1:52.70  László Cseh (HUN) 13 August 2008 China
4 1:52.96  Chad le Clos (RSA) 31 July 2012 Great Britain
5 1:52.97  Takeshi Matsuda (JPN) 13 August 2008 China
6 1:53.23  Paweł Korzeniowski (POL) 29 July 2009 Italy
7 1:53.40  Masato Sakai (JPN) 9 August 2016 Brazil
8 1:53.42  Tamás Kenderesi (HUN) 27 March 2019 Hungary
9 1:53.64  Tyler Clary (USA) 7 July 2009 United States
10 1:53.79  Nao Horomura (JPN) 6 April 2018 Japan
11 1:53.84  Gianluca Urlando (USA) 14 June 2019 United States
12 1:53.86  Gil Stovall (USA) 29 June 2008 United States
 Daiya Seto (JPN) 24 July 2019 South Korea
14 1:53.92  Kaio de Almeida (BRA) 5 May 2009 Brazil
15 1:54.10  Jan Switkowski (POL) 5 August 2015 Russia
16 1:54.15  Moss Burmester (NZL) 4 April 2009 New Zealand
17 1:54.31  Nikolay Skvortsov (RUS) 12 August 2008 China
18 1:54.35  Wu Peng (CHN) 13 August 2008 China
 Dinko Jukic (AUT) 31 July 2012 Great Britain
20 1:54.39  Federico Burdisso (ITA) 24 July 2019 South Korea
21 1:54.43  Chen Yin (CHN) 30 July 2012 Great Britain
22 1:54.46  Davis Tarwater (USA) 29 June 2008 United States
 Nick D'Arcy (AUS) 17 March 2009 Australia
24 1:54.47  Viktor Bromer (DEN) 4 August 2015 Russia
 Jack Conger (USA) 27 June 2017 United States

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:54.47:

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of June 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 2:01.81  Liu Zige (CHN) 21 October 2009 Italy
2 2:03.41  Jess Schipper (AUS) 30 July 2009 Italy
3 2:04.06  Jiao Liuyang (CHN) 1 August 2012 Great Britain
4 2:04.14  Mary Descenza (USA) 29 July 2009 Italy
5 2:04.27  Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 29 July 2009 Italy
6 2:04.69  Natsumi Hoshi (JPN) 2 April 2012 Japan
7 2:04.78  Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 1 August 2013 Spain
8 2:04.83  Ellen Gandy (GBR) 16 March 2009 Great Britain
9 2:04.88  Madeline Groves (AUS) 10 August 2016 Brazil
10 2:05.09  Aurore Mongel (FRA) 29 July 2009 Italy
11 2:05.26  Franziska Hentke (GER) 4 July 2015 Germany
12 2:05.36  Jemma Lowe (GBR) 14 June 2011 Great Britain
13 2:05.38  Gong Jie (CHN) 1 April 2012 China
14 2:05.45  Alys Thomas (GBR) 9 April 2018 Australia
15 2:05.61  Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) 28 July 2005 Canada
16 2:05.78  Kathleen Hersey (USA) 1 August 2012 Great Britain
17 2:05.81  Susie O'Neill (AUS) 13 May 2000 Australia
18 2:05.87  Hali Flickinger (USA) 25 July 2018 United States
19 2:05.88  Misty Hyman (USA) 20 September 2000 Australia
20 2:05.90  Cammile Adams (USA) 10 August 2016 Brazil
21 2:05.95  Audrey Lacroix (CAN) 30 July 2009 Italy
22 2:05.96  Mary T. Meagher (USA) 13 August 1981 United States
23 2:05.99  Samantha Hamill (AUS) 29 July 2009 Italy
24 2:06.00  Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) 10 July 2016 Japan
25 2:06.01  Petria Thomas (AUS) 27 March 2004 Australia

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 2:06.01:

References[edit]