How do I become an Olympic swimmer?

(09.05.2018) The world swimming federation FINA has published the standard times for qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan). Once again there will be so-called A and B standards, which swimmers can use to recommend themselves for the 2020 Olympics.

Officially, the standard times for qualifying for the swimming competitions at the 2020 Olympic Games will have to be confirmed again by FINA next December. However, it is unlikely that there will be any major changes.

Compared to the standard times of the 2016 Olympic Games, the qualifying hurdles for Tokyo 2020 have tightened on most of the routes. Freestyle sprinters, for example, have to be significantly faster over the 50m. Whereas in 2016 25.28 seconds were enough, you now have to swim 24.77 seconds to break the A norm. The norm for the 100m backs for women, however, remains unchanged: It is still 1: 00.25 minutes. The men have a particularly big jump over the 400m freestyle. Here the Olympic A standard time sinks from 3: 50.40 minutes to 3: 46.78 minutes.

The qualifying period for the 2020 Olympic Games will run from March 1, 2019 to June 29, 2020. Each nation can start up to two athletes per route. For this, however, both must have undercut the A standard times. Athletes who succeed in this are qualified for the Olympic Games.

Swimmers who only undercut the B standards are not automatically included. They must be invited to the competitions by the International Olympic Committee. The national associations are free to set up their own qualification times, which are tougher than the FINA standards.

Here are the A and B standards for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo:

A standardB standardrouteA standardB standard
 22,0122,6750 freestyle24,77 25,51
 48,5750,03100 freestyle54,3856,01
1:47,021:50,23200 freestyle1:57,282:00,80
 3:46,783:53,58400 freestyle4:07,904:15,34
 7:54,318:08,54800 freestyle8:33,368;48,76
 15:00,9915:28,021500 freestyle16:32,0417:01,80
 53,8555,47100 backs1:00,251:02,06
 1:57,502:01,03200 backs2:10,392:14,30
 59,931:01,73100 chest1:07,071:09,08
 2:10,352:14,26200 chest2:25,522:29,89
 51,9653,52100 Schmett.57,9259,66
1:56,48 1:59,97200 Schmett.2:08,432:12,28
 1:59,672:03,26200 layers2:12,562:16,54
 4:15,844:21,46400 layers4:38,53 4:46,89