World record progression 200 metres freestyle

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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 Freestyle. 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 swimming and Aquatics.

The drop in world record times in the 2008–2009 coincided with the introduction of polyurethane suits from Speedo (LZR, 50% polyurethane) in 2008 and by Arena (X-Glide), Adidas (Hydrofoil) and Italian swimming suit manufacturer Jaked (all 100% polyurethane) in 2009. FINA's ban on non-textile suit came into effect in January 2010.[1] FINA also release a list of approved suits.

The long course records are historically older than the short course records; the latter having only been recognized since the early 1990s.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Place
000 2:28.62:28.6 Lane, FreddyAustralia Freddy Lane August 18, 1902 ? Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom [2]
000 2:26.82:26.8 Halmay, ZoltanHungary Zoltan Halmay June 28, 1908 ? Budapest, Hungary ?
011 2:31.62:31.6 Scheff, OttoAustria Otto Scheff November 11, 1908 ? Vienna, Austria ?
022 2:30.02:30.0 Beaurepaire, FrankAustralia Frank Beaurepaire September 9, 1910 ? Exeter, United Kingdom ?
033 2:25.42:25.4 Daniels, CharlesUnited States Charles Daniels March 28, 1911 ? Pittsburgh, United States ?
044 2:21.62:21.6 Ross, NormanUnited States Norman Ross November 24, 1916 ? San Francisco, United States ?
055 2:19.82:19.8 Cann, TedfordUnited States Tedford Cann April 10, 1920 ? Detroit, United States ?
066 2:15.62:15.6 Weissmuller, JohnnyUnited States Johnny Weissmuller May 26, 1922 ? Honolulu, United States ?
077 2:15.22:15.2 Weissmuller, JohnnyUnited States Johnny Weissmuller December 9, 1925 ? McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States ?
088 2:08.02:08.0 Weissmuller, JohnnyUnited States Johnny Weissmuller April 5, 1927 ? Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States ?
099 2:07.22:07.2 Medica, JackUnited States Jack Medica April 12, 1935 ? Chicago, United States ?
1010 2:06.22:06.2 Smith, BillUnited States Bill Smith February 12, 1944 ? Columbus, Ohio, United States ?
1111 2:05.42:05.4 Jany, AlexFrance Alex Jany September 20, 1946 ? Marseille, France ?
1212 2:04.62:04.6 Marshall, JohnAustralia John Marshall March 31, 1950 Yale (?) New Haven, Connecticut, United States ?
1313 2:03.92:03.9 Konno, FordUnited States Ford Konno February 27, 1954 ? Columbus, Ohio, United States ?
1414 2:03.42:03.4 Wardrop, JohnUnited Kingdom Jack Wardrop March 4, 1955 ? Columbus, Ohio, United States ?
1515 2:01.52:01.5 Hanley, RichardUnited States Dick Hanley March 8, 1957 ? Minneapolis, United States ?
1616 2:04.82:04.8 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads January 18, 1958 ? Sydney, Australia ?
1717 2:03.22:03.2 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads May 5, 1958 ? Sydney, Australia ?
1818 2:03.02:03.0 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka August 22, 1958 ? Osaka, Japan ?
1919 2:02.22:02.2 Konrads, JohnAustralia John Konrads January 16, 1959 ? Sydney, Australia ?
2020 2:01.52:01.5 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka July 26, 1959 ? Osaka, Japan ?
2121 2:01.22:01.2 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka June 24, 1961 ? Osaka, Japan ?
2222 2:01.12:01.1 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka August 6, 1961 ? Tokyo, Japan ?
2323 2:00.42:00.4 Yamanaka, TsuyoshiJapan Tsuyoshi Yamanaka August 20, 1961 Men's National Outdoor Swimming Championships Los Angeles, United States ?
2423= 2:00.42:00.4 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 11, 1962 Men's National Outdoor Swimming Championships Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio, United States ?
2424 2:00.32:00.3 Windle, BobAustralia Bob Windle April 21, 1963 ? Tokyo, Japan ?
2525 1:58.81:58.8 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander July 27, 1963 5th Annual Los Angeles Invitiational Los Angeles, United States [3]
2626 1:58.51:58.5 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 17, 1963 6th US-Japan swimming and diving meet Tokyo, Japan [4]
2727 1:58.41:58.4 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 24, 1963 ? Osaka, Japan ?
2828 1:58.21:58.2 Klein, Hans-JoachimWest Germany Hans-Joachim Klein May 24, 1964 ? Dortmund, West Germany ?
2929 1:57.61:57.6 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 1, 1964 ? Los Altos, California, United States ?
3030 1:57.21:57.2 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander July 29, 1966 Los Angeles, United States [5] link
3131 1:56.21:56.2 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 19, 1966 ? Lincoln, Nebraska, United States ?
3232 1:56.01:56.0 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander July 29, 1967 Pan-American Games Winnipeg, Canada ?
3333 1:55.71:55.7 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 12, 1967 AAU Nationals Oak Park, Illinois, United States ?
3434 1:54.81:54.8 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 30, 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 1:54.89) Long Beach, California, United States ?
3435 1:54.31:54.3 Schollander, DonUnited States Don Schollander August 30, 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 1:54.28) Long Beach, California, United States ?
3535= 1:54.31:54.3 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz July 12, 1969 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, California, United States [6][7]
3536 1:54.21:54.2 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz September 4, 1971 USAvGDR Duel Leipzig, East Germany ?
3637 1:53.51:53.5 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz September 10, 1971 USAvUSSRvGBR Meet (1st leg relay) Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union ?
3738 1:52.781:52.78 Spitz, MarkUnited States Mark Spitz August 29, 1972 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, West Germany ?
3839 1:51.661:51.66 Shaw, TimUnited States Tim Shaw August 23, 1974 AAU Senior National Outdoor Swimming Championships Concord, California, United States ?
3940 1:51.411:51.41 Furniss, BruceUnited States Bruce Furniss June 18, 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, California, United States ?
4041 1:50.891:50.89 Furniss, BruceUnited States Bruce Furniss June 18, 1975 USA World Championship Trials Long Beach, California, United States ?
4142 1:50.321:50.32 Furniss, BruceUnited States Bruce Furniss August 21, 1975 AAU Senior National Outdoor Swimming Championships Kansas City, Missouri, United States ?
4243 1:50.291:50.29 Furniss, BruceUnited States Bruce Furniss July 19, 1976 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada ?
4344 1:49.831:49.83 Kopliakov, SergeySoviet Union Sergey Kopliakov April 7, 1979 URSvGDR Junior meet Potsdam, East Germany ?
4445 1:49.161:49.16 Gaines, RowdyUnited States Rowdy Gaines April 11, 1980 AAU Senior National Indoor Championships Austin, Texas, United States ?
4546 1:48.931:48.93 Gaines, RowdyUnited States Rowdy Gaines July 19, 1982 USA World Championship Trials Mission Viejo, California, United States ?
4647 1:48.281:48.28 Gross, MichaelWest Germany Michael Gross June 21, 1983 FRG Nationals & European Championship Trials Hanover, West Germany ?
4748 1:47.871:47.87 Gross, MichaelWest Germany Michael Gross August 22, 1983 European Swimming Championships Rome, Italy ?
4849 1:47.551:47.55 Gross, MichaelWest Germany Michael Gross June 8, 1984 FRG Olympic Trials Munich, West Germany ?
4950 1:47.441:47.44 Gross, MichaelWest Germany Michael Gross July 29, 1984 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States ?
5051 1:47.251:47.25 Armstrong, DuncanAustralia Duncan Armstrong September 19, 1988 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea ?
5152 1:46.691:46.69 Lamberti, GiorgioItaly Giorgio Lamberti August 15, 1989 European Swimming Championships Bonn, West Germany ?
5253 1:46.671:46.67 Hackett, GrantAustralia Grant Hackett March 23, 1999 Australian Championships (1st leg relay) Brisbane, Australia ?
5354 1:46.341:46.34 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe August 23, 1999 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia ?
5455 1:46.001:46.00 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe August 24, 1999 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia ?
5556 1:45.691:45.69 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe May 14, 2000 2000 Australian Olympic Swimming Trials Sydney, Australia ?
5657 1:45.511:45.51 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe May 15, 2000 2000 Australian Olympic Swimming Trials Sydney, Australia link
5758 1:45.351:45.35 Van den Hoogenband, PieterNetherlands Pieter van den Hoogenband September 17, 2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia
5858= 1:45.351:45.35 Van den Hoogenband, PieterNetherlands Pieter van den Hoogenband September 18, 2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia link
5959 1:44.691:44.69 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe March 27, 2001 2001 Australian Championships & World Championship Trials Hobart, Australia [8] link
6060 1:44.061:44.06 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe July 25, 2001 2001 FINA World Championships Fukuoka, Japan ?
6161 1:43.861:43.86 Phelps, MichaelUnited States Michael Phelps March 27, 2007 2007 FINA World Championships Melbourne, Australia [9] link
6262 1:42.961:42.96 Phelps, MichaelUnited States Michael Phelps August 12, 2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China [10] link
6363 1:42.001:42.00 Biedermann, PaulGermany Paul Biedermann July 28, 2009 2009 FINA World Championships Rome, Italy link

Short course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Place
011 1:43.641:44.50 Gross, MichaelGermany Michael Gross December 1, 1981 German Nationals Bremen Germany ?
012 1:43.641:44.14 Gross, MichaelGermany Michael Gross February 5, 1988 Coca-Cola Sponsored Meet Boulogne-Billancourt France ?
013 1:43.641:43.64 Lamberti, GiorgioItaly Giorgio Lamberti February 11, 1990 World Cup Bonn, Germany ?
024 1:43.281:43.28 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe April 1, 1999 World SC Championships Hong Kong China ?
035 1:42.541:42.54 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe January 17, 2000 World Cup Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
046 1:41.101:41.10 Thorpe, IanAustralia Ian Thorpe February 6, 2000 World Cup Berlin, Germany ?
057 1:40.831:40.83 Biedermann, PaulGermany Paul Biedermann Nov 16, 2008 World Cup Berlin, Germany ?
068 1:39.371:39.37 Biedermann, PaulGermany Paul Biedermann Nov 15, 2009 World Cup Berlin, Germany [11]

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Place
011 2:56.02:56.0 Durack, FannyAustralia Fanny Durack March 4, 1915 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
022 2:47.62:47.6 Boyle, CharlotteUnited States Charlotte Boyle August 25, 1921 ? New Brighton, Minnesota, United States ?
033 2:45.22:45.2 Ederle, GertrudeUnited States Gertrude Ederle April 4, 1923 ? Brooklyn, New York, United States ?
044 2:40.62:40.6 Norelius, MarthaUnited States Martha Norelius February 28, 1926 ? Miami, Florida, United States ?
055 2:34.62:34.6 Madison, HeleneUnited States Helene Madison March 6, 1930 ? St. Augustine, Florida, United States ?
066 2:28.62:28.6 Den Ouden, WillyNetherlands Willy den Ouden May 3, 1933 ? Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands ?
077 2:27.62:27.6 Den Ouden, WillyNetherlands Willy den Ouden May 5, 1934 ? Dundee, United Kingdom ?
088 2:25.32:25.3 Den Ouden, WillyNetherlands Willy den Ouden September 8, 1935 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
099 2:24.62:24.6 Van Veen, RieNetherlands Rie van Veen February 26, 1938 ? Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands ?
1010 2:21.72:21.7 Hveger, RagnhildDenmark Ragnhild Hveger September 11, 1938 ? Aarhus, Aarhus County, Denmark ?
1111 2:20.72:20.7 Fraser, DawnAustralia Dawn Fraser February 25, 1956 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1212 2:19.32:19.3 Crapp, LorraineAustralia Lorraine Crapp August 25, 1956 ? Townsville, Queensland, Australia ?
1313 2:18.52:18.5 Crapp, LorraineAustralia Lorraine Crapp October 20, 1956 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1414 2:17.72:17.7 Fraser, DawnAustralia Dawn Fraser February 10, 1958 ? Adelaide, South Australia, Australia ?
1515 2:14.72:14.7 Fraser, DawnAustralia Dawn Fraser February 22, 1958 ? Melbourne, Australia ?
1616 2:11.62:11.6 Fraser, DawnAustralia Dawn Fraser February 27, 1960 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1717 2:10.52:10.5 Watson, LillianUnited States Lillian Watson August 19, 1966 ? Lincoln, Nebraska, United States ?
1818 2:09.72:09.7 Kruse, PamUnited States Pam Kruse August 19, 1967 AAU Nationals Philadelphia, United States ?
1919 2:09.52:09.5 Pedersen, SusanUnited States Susan Pedersen July 6, 1968 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, California, United States ?
2020 2:08.82:08.8 Wetzel, EdithUnited States Edith Wetzel August 2, 1968 AAU Nationals Lincoln, Nebraska, United States ?
2121 2:07.92:07.9 Gustavson, LindaUnited States Linda Gustavson August 24, 1968 USA Olympic Trials Los Angeles, United States [12]
2222 2:06.72:06.7 Meyer, DebbieUnited States Debbie Meyer August 24, 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 2:06.86) Los Angeles, United States [12]
2323 2:06.52:06.5 Gould, ShaneAustralia Shane Gould May 1, 1971 Coca-Cola International London, United Kingdom ?
2424 2:05.82:05.8 Gould, ShaneAustralia Shane Gould November 26, 1971 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
2525 2:05.212:05.21 Babashoff, ShirleyUnited States Shirley Babashoff August 4, 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, Illinois, United States ?
2626 2:03.562:03.56 Gould, ShaneAustralia Shane Gould September 1, 1972 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Bavaria, West Germany ?
2727 2:03.222:03.22 Ender, KorneliaEast Germany Kornelia Ender August 22, 1974 1974 European Championships Vienna, Austria ?
2828 2:02.942:02.94 Babashoff, ShirleyUnited States Shirley Babashoff August 23, 1974 AAU Senior National Outdoor Championships Concord, California, United States ?
2928= 2:02.942:02.94 Babashoff, ShirleyUnited States Shirley Babashoff August 31, 1974 USAvGDR Dual Meet Concord, California, United States ?
3029 2:02.272:02.27 Ender, KorneliaEast Germany Kornelia Ender March 15, 1975 GDRvURS Duel Dresden, Dresden, East Germany ?
3130 1:59.781:59.78 Ender, KorneliaEast Germany Kornelia Ender June 2, 1976 GDR Olympic Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3231 1:59.261:59.26 Ender, KorneliaEast Germany Kornelia Ender July 22, 1976 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada ?
3332 1:59.041:59.04 Krause, BarbaraEast Germany Barbara Krause July 2, 1978 GDR Nationals & World Championship Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3433 1:58.531:58.53 Woodhead, CynthiaUnited States Cynthia Woodhead August 22, 1978 1978 World Championships West Berlin ?
3534 1:58.431:58.43 Woodhead, CynthiaUnited States Cynthia Woodhead July 3, 1979 Pan-American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico ?
3635 1:58.231:58.23 Woodhead, CynthiaUnited States Cynthia Woodhead September 3, 1979 FINA Swimming World Cup Tokyo, Japan ?
3736 1:57.751:57.75 Otto, KristinEast Germany Kristin Otto May 23, 1984 GDR Nationals Magdeburg, Magdeburg, East Germany ?
3837 1:57.551:57.55 Friedrich, HeikeEast Germany Heike Friedrich June 18, 1986 GDR Nationals & World Championship Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3938 1:56.781:56.78 Van Almsick, FranziskaGermany Franziska van Almsick September 6, 1994 1994 World Championships Rome, Lazio, Italy ?
4039 1:56.641:56.64 Van Almsick, FranziskaGermany Franziska van Almsick August 3, 2002 2002 European Championships Berlin, Germany ?
4140 1:56.471:56.47 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini March 27, 2007 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia [9]
4241 1:55.521:55.52 Manaudou, LaureFrance Laure Manaudou March 28, 2007 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia [13]
4342 1:55.451:55.45 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini August 11, 2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
4443 1:54.821:54.82 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini August 13, 2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
4544 1:54.471:54.47 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini March 8, 2009 Italian Championships Riccione, Italy [14]
4645 1:53.671:53.67 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini July 28, 2009 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
4746 1:52.981:52.98 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini July 29, 2009 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy link
4847 1:52.851:52.85 O'Callaghan, MollieAustralia Mollie O'Callaghan July 26, 2023 2023 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan [15]

Short course[edit]

# Time Swimmer Date Event Place
011 1:55.841:55.84 Van Almsick, FranziskaGermany Franziska van Almsick January 9, 1993 World Cup Beijing, PR China [16]
022 1:55.421:55.42 Poll, ClaudiaCosta Rica Claudia Poll December 1, 1995 World Championships Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [17]
033 1:54.171:54.17 Poll, ClaudiaCosta Rica Claudia Poll April 18, 1997 World Championships Gothenburg, Västergötland, Sweden [17]
044 1:54.041:54.04 Benko, LindsayUnited States Lindsay Benko April 7, 2002 World Championships Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia [18][17]
055 1:53.291:53.29 Benko, LindseyAustralia Libby Lenton November 19, 2005 World Cup Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [19]
066 1:53.181:53.18 Balmy, CoralieFrance Coralie Balmy December 6, 2008 2008 French Championships Angers, France [20]
077 1:51.851:51.85 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini December 14, 2008 European Championships Rijeka, Croatia [21]
088 1:51.171:51.17 Pellegrini, FedericaItaly Federica Pellegrini December 13, 2009 European Championships Istanbul, Turkey [22]
089 1:50.781:50.78 Sjöström, SarahSweden Sarah Sjöström December 7, 2014 World Championships Doha, Qatar [23]
0910 1:50.431:50.43 Sjöström, SarahSweden Sarah Sjöström August 12, 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherland [24]
1011 1:50.431:50.31 Haughey, SiobhanHong Kong Siobhán Haughey December 16, 2021 World Championships Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [25]

All-time top 25[edit]

Men long course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2023[26]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 1:42.00  Paul Biedermann (GER) 28 July 2009 Rome
2 1:42.96  Michael Phelps (USA) 12 August 2008 Beijing
3 1:42.97  David Popovici (ROU) 15 August 2022 Rome [27]
4 1:43.14  Yannick Agnel (FRA) 30 July 2012 London
5 1:43.90  Danila Izotov (RUS) 28 July 2009 Rome
6 1:44.06  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 25 July 2001 Fukuoka
7 1:44.22  Tom Dean (GBR) 27 July 2021 Tokyo [28]
8 1:44.26  Duncan Scott (GBR) 27 July 2021 Tokyo [29]
9 1:44.30  Matt Richards (GBR) 25 July 2023 Fukuoka [30]
10 1:44.38  Danas Rapsys (LTU) 17 August 2019 Singapore
11 1:44.39  Sun Yang (CHN) 25 July 2017 Budapest
12 1:44.40  Hwang Sun-woo (KOR) 27 September 2023 Hangzhou [31]
13 1:44.44  Ryan Lochte (USA) 26 July 2011 Shanghai
14 1:44.65  Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPN) 5 April 2021 Tokyo [32]
 Pan Zhanle (CHN) 4 May 2023 Hangzhou [33]
16 1:44.66  Fernando Scheffer (BRA) 27 July 2021 Tokyo [34]
17 1:44.74  Kieran Smith (USA) 28 July 2021 Tokyo
18 1:44.79  Martin Malyutin (RUS) 21 May 2021 Budapest
 Lukas Märtens (GER) 28 July 2023 Fukuoka [35]
 Maximillian Giuliani (AUS) 12 December 2023 Brisbane [36]
21 1:44.80  Park Tae-hwan (KOR) 13 November 2010 Guangzhou
22 1:44.87  Luke Hobson (USA) 24 July 2023 Fukuoka [37]
23 1:44.89  Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 2 August 2002 Berlin
24 1:44.90  Clyde Lewis (AUS) 22 July 2019 Gwangju
25 1:44.95  David Walters (USA) 7 July 2009 Indianapolis
 Ricky Berens (USA) 31 July 2009 Rome

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:44.95:

  • Paul Biedermann also swam 1:42.81 (2009), 1:43.65 (2009), 1:44.02 (2009), 1:44.71 (2009), 1:44.88 (2009, 2011).
  • David Popovici also swam 1:43.21 (2022), 1:44.40 (2022), 1:44.68 (2021), 1:44.70 (2023), 1:44.90 (2023), 1:44.91 (2022).
  • Michael Phelps also swam 1:43.22 (2009), 1:43.31 (2008), 1:43.86 (2007), 1:44.10 (2008), 1:44.23 (2009), 1:44.49 (2009), 1:44.79 (2011).
  • Yannick Agnel also swam 1:44.20 (2013), 1:44.42 (2012).
  • Tom Dean also swam 1:44.32 (2023), 1:44.58 (2021), 1:44.93 (2023).
  • Hwang Sun-woo also swam 1:44.42 (2023), 1:44.47 (2022), 1:44.61 (2023), 1:44.62 (2021), 1:44.67 (2022), 1:44.75 (2024).
  • Duncan Scott also swam 1:44.47 (2021), 1:44.60 (2021), 1:44.91 (2019).
  • Sun Yang also swam 1:44.47 (2013), 1:44.63 (2016), 1:44.65 (2016), 1:44.82 (2016), 1:44.91 (2017), 1:44.93 (2012, 2019).
  • Ian Thorpe also swam 1:44.69 (2001), 1:44.71 (2002, 2004), 1:44.75 (2002).
  • Matt Richards also swam 1:44.83 (2023).
  • Park Tae-hwan also swam 1:44.85 (2008), 1:44.92 (2011), 1:44.93 (2012).
  • Danila Izotov also swam 1:44.87 (2013).

Men short course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2023[38]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 1:39.37  Paul Biedermann (GER) 15 November 2009 Berlin
2 1:39.70  Yannick Agnel (FRA) 15 November 2012 Angers
3 1:39.72  Hwang Sun-woo (KOR) 18 December 2022 Melbourne [39]
4 1:40.08  Danila Izotov (RUS) 13 December 2009 Istanbul
5 1:40.25  Duncan Scott (GBR) 22 November 2020 Budapest
6 1:40.49  Townley Haas (USA) 22 November 2020 Budapest
7 1:40.65  Matthew Sates (RSA) 3 October 2021 Berlin [40]
8 1:40.79  David Popovici (ROU) 18 December 2022 Melbourne [41]
9 1:40.80  Brent Hayden (CAN) 15 November 2009 Berlin
 Cameron McEvoy (AUS) 25 November 2015 Sydney
11 1:40.82  Kyle Chalmers (AUS) 3 October 2021 Berlin [42]
12 1:40.85  Danas Rapsys (LTU) 14 December 2017 Copenhagen
13 1:40.86  Tom Dean (GBR) 18 December 2022 Melbourne [43]
14 1:40.89  Darian Townsend (RSA) 15 November 2009 Berlin
15 1:41.01  Aleksandr Shchegolev (RUS) 19 November 2021 Eindhoven [44]
 Matthew Richards (GBR) 9 December 2023 Otopeni [45]
17 1:41.03  Park Tae-hwan (KOR) 7 December 2016 Windsor
 Dominik Kozma (HUN) 7 August 2017 Berlin
19 1:41.04  Kieran Smith (USA) 16 December 2022 Melbourne [46]
20 1:41.08  Ryan Lochte (USA) 15 December 2010 Dubai
21 1:41.10  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 6 February 2000 Berlin
22 1:41.12  James Guy (GBR) 9 December 2023 Otopeni [47]
23 1:41.15  Blake Pieroni (USA) 17 November 2018 Singapore
24 1:41.25  Ivan Girev (RUS) 18 December 2022 Saint Petersburg [48]
25 1:41.29  Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPN) 18 December 2022 Melbourne [49]

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:41.29:

Women long course[edit]

  • Correct as of February 2024[50]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 1:52.85  Mollie O'Callaghan (AUS) 26 July 2023 Fukuoka [51]
2 1:52.98  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 29 July 2009 Rome
3 1:53.01  Ariarne Titmus (AUS) 26 July 2023 Fukuoka [52]
4 1:53.61  Allison Schmitt (USA) 31 July 2012 London
5 1:53.65  Summer McIntosh (CAN) 26 July 2023 Fukuoka [53]
6 1:53.73  Katie Ledecky (USA) 9 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
7 1:53.92  Siobhán Haughey (HKG) 28 July 2021 Tokyo [54]
8 1:54.08  Sarah Sjöström (SWE) 9 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
9 1:54.26  Tang Muhan (CHN) 22 September 2021 Xi'an [55]
10 1:54.37  Yang Junxuan (CHN) 29 July 2021 Tokyo [56]
11 1:54.44  Taylor Ruck (CAN) 9 August 2018 Tokyo
12 1:54.55  Emma McKeon (AUS) 11 June 2019 Brisbane
13 1:54.66  Camille Muffat (FRA) 6 June 2012 Canet-en-Roussillon
14 1:54.68  Femke Heemskerk (NED) 3 April 2015 Eindhoven
15 1:54.70  Penny Oleksiak (CAN) 28 July 2021 Tokyo [57]
16 1:54.81  Missy Franklin (USA) 31 July 2013 Barcelona
17 1:54.85  Rikako Ikee (JPN) 9 August 2018 Tokyo
18 1:54.95  Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) 6 August 2018 Glasgow
19 1:54.97  Sara Isaković (SLO) 13 August 2008 Beijing
20 1:55.05  Pang Jiaying (CHN) 13 August 2008 Beijing
21 1:55.08  Veronika Andrusenko (RUS) 25 July 2017 Budapest
22 1:55.25  Bronte Barratt (AUS) 9 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
 Shen Duo (CHN) 9 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
24 1:55.26  Claire Weinstein (USA) 28 June 2023 Indianapolis [58]
25 1:55.29  Dana Vollmer (USA) 28 July 2009 Rome
30 July 2009 Rome

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:55.29:

  • Ariarne Titmus also swam 1:53.09 (2021), 1:53.31 (2022), 1:53.50 (2021), 1:53.89 (2022), 1:54.14 (2023), 1:54.27 (2019), 1:54.30 (2019), 1:54.51 (2021), 1:54.64 (2023), 1:54.66 (2019, 2022), 1:54.82 (2021), 1:54.85 (2018), 1:55.09 (2019), 1:55.27 (2018), 1:55.28 (2023).
  • Mollie O'Callaghan also swam 1:53.66 (2023), 1:53.83 (2023), 1:54.01 (2022), 1:54.36 (2023), 1:54.91 (2023), 1:54.94 (2022), 1:55.11 (2021), 1:55.15 (2023), 1:55.22 (2022), 1:55.27 (2023).
  • Federica Pellegrini also swam 1:53.67 (2009), 1:54.22 (2019), 1:54.47 (2009), 1:54.55 (2016), 1:54.73 (2017), 1:54.82 (2008), 1:55.00 (2015), 1:55.14 (2013, 2019), 1:55.18 (2016).
  • Summer McIntosh also swam 1:53.91 (2023), 1:54.13 (2023), 1:54.67 (2023), 1:54.79 (2022), 1:55.04 (2023), 1:55.24 (2022).
  • Siobhán Haughey also swam 1:53.96 (2023), 1:54.08 (2023), 1:54.12 (2023), 1:54.20 (2023), 1:54.77 (2023), 1:54.89 (2021, 2024), 1:54.98 (2019), 1:55.03 (2023), 1:55.04 (2023), 1:55.16 (2021), 1:55.21 (2020).
  • Sarah Sjöström also swam 1:54.31 (2015), 1:54.34 (2016), 1:54.65 (2016), 1:54.77 (2015), 1:54.78 (2019), 1:54.87 (2016), 1:55.04 (2014), 1:55.05 (2015), 1:55.10 (2023), 1:55.14 (2019), 1:55.23 (2012).
  • Katie Ledecky also swam 1:54.40 (2021), 1:54.43 (2016), 1:54.50 (2022), 1:54.56 (2018), 1:54.59 (2020), 1:54.60 (2018), 1:54.66 (2022), 1:54.69 (2017), 1:54.81 (2016), 1:54.82 (2016), 1:54.84 (2017), 1:54.85 (2016), 1:54.88 (2016), 1:54.96 (2023), 1:55.01 (2016), 1:55.10 (2016), 1:55.11 (2021), 1:55.15 (2018, 2022), 1:55.16 (2014, 2015, 2018), 1:55.18 (2017), 1:55.21 (2021), 1:55.28 (2021, 2023).
  • Allison Schmitt also swam 1:54.40 (2012), 1:54.96 (2009), 1:55.04 (2012).
  • Yang Junxuan also swam 1:54.48 (2021), 1:54.57 (2021), 1:54.70 (2021), 1:54.92 (2022), 1:54.98 (2020), 1:55.01 (2021), 1:55.05 (2021).
  • Emma McKeon also swam 1:54.74 (2021), 1:54.83 (2016), 1:54.92 (2016), 1:54.99 (2017), 1:55.18 (2017).
  • Taylor Ruck also swam 1:54.81 (2018).
  • Camille Muffat also swam 1:54.87 (2012), 1:55.21 (2012).
  • Rikako Ikee also swam 1:55.04 (2018).
  • Missy Franklin also swam 1:55.06 (2011).
  • Femke Heemskerk also swam 1:55.22 (2015).
  • Veronika Andrusenko also swam 1:55.26 (2017).

Women short course[edit]

  • Correct as of December 2023[59]
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue Ref
1 1:50.31  Siobhán Haughey (HKG) 16 December 2021 Abu Dhabi [60]
2 1:50.43  Sarah Sjöström (SWE) 12 August 2017 Eindhoven
3 1:51.17  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 13 December 2009 Istanbul
4 1:51.18  Katinka Hosszú (HUN) 7 December 2014 Doha
5 1:51.25  Li Bingjie (CHN) 28 October 2022 Beijing [61]
6 1:51.38  Ariarne Titmus (AUS) 11 December 2018 Hangzhou
7 1:51.61  Yang Junxuan (CHN) 28 October 2022 Beijing [62]
8 1:51.65  Camille Muffat (FRA) 15 November 2012 Angers
9 1:51.66  Emma McKeon (AUS) 25 November 2018 Sydney
10 1:51.67  Allison Schmitt (USA) 19 December 2009 Manchester
11 1:51.69  Femke Heemskerk (NED) 7 December 2014 Doha
12 1:51.81  Mallory Comerford (USA) 11 December 2018 Hangzhou
13 1:51.87  Freya Anderson (GBR) 22 November 2020 Budapest
14 1:52.10  Katie Ledecky (USA) 4 November 2022 Indianapolis [63]
15 1:52.15  Rebecca Smith (CAN) 14 December 2022 Melbourne
16 1:52.19  Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) 16 December 2017 Copenhagen
17 1:52.23  Madison Wilson (AUS) 4 November 2022 Indianapolis [64]
18 1:52.28  Marrit Steenbergen (NED) 18 December 2022 Melbourne
19 1:52.46  Veronika Andrusenko (RUS) 5 December 2015 Netanya
20 1:52.50  Taylor Ruck (CAN) 6 December 2016 Windsor
21 1:52.52  Melani Costa (ESP) 10 August 2013 Berlin
 Madeline Groves (AUS) 30 August 2016 Berlin
23 1:52.56  Erin Gemmell (USA) 18 December 2022 Melbourne
24 1:52.59  Kayla Sanchez (CAN) 21 December 2018 Lausanne
 Bella Sims (USA) 4 November 2022 Indianapolis [65]

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:52.59:

  • Siobhán Haughey also swam 1:50.65 (2021), 1:50.66 (2021), 1:51.04 (2021), 1:51.11 (2020), 1:51.13 (2022), 1:51.17 (2021), 1:51.19 (2020, 2022), 1:51.36 (2020, 2022), 1:51.42 (2020), 1:51.67 (2020), 1:51.88 (2020), 1:51.99 (2019), 1:52.25 (2021), 1:52.50 (2021).
  • Sarah Sjöström also swam 1:50.78 (2014), 1:51.44 (2014), 1:51.56 (2017), 1:51.60 (2017), 1:51.63 (2017), 1:51.77 (2017), 1:51.92 (2018), 1:52.00 (2017), 1:52.25 (2018), 1:52.26 (2013), 1:52.35 (2018), 1:52.58 (2011).
  • Katinka Hosszú also swam 1:51.41 (2014), 1:51.44 (2014), 1:51.50 (2014), 1:51.84 (2014), 1:52.08 (2016), 1:52.25 (2014), 1:52.28 (2016), 1:52.32 (2013), 1:52.45 (2014), 1:52.55 (2014)).
  • Federica Pellegrini also swam 1:51.63 (2017), 1:51.73 (2016), 1:51.85 (2008), 1:51.89 (2015), 1:52.05 (2017), 1:52.33 (2009).
  • Femke Heemskerk also swam 1:51.72 (2014), 1:51.91 (2018), 1:52.04 (2018), 1:52.22 (2018), 1:52.23 (2017), 1:52.24 (2017, 2020), 1:52.25 (2013), 1:52.36 (2018), 1:52.42 (2010, 2017), 1:52.46 (2014), 1:52.53 (2015), 1:52.54 (2014), 1:52.57 (2018).
  • Emma McKeon also swam 1:51.83 (2020), 1:52.40 (2013), 1:52.49 (2015), 1:52.59 (2014).
  • Allison Schmitt also swam 1:52.08 (2011), 1:52.17 (2020).
  • Freya Anderson also swam 1:52.16 (2023).
  • Camille Muffat also swam 1:52.20 (2012), 1:52.28 (2012), 1:52.29 (2010).
  • Ariarne Titmus also swam 1:52.22 (2018).
  • Katie Ledecky also swam 1:52.31 (2022).
  • Charlotte Bonnet also swam 1:52.36 (2018).
  • Mallory Comerford also swam 1:52.52 (2018).
  • Madison Wilson also swam 1:52.55 (2022).

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