SWIMMING 

Thirty-five (35) events are included in the program of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for Swimming: 

Men's events Women's Events Mixed Events
50m Freestyle 50m Freestyle 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay
100m Freestyle 100m Freestyle  
200m Freestyle 200m Freestyle  
400m Freestyle 400m Freestyle  
800m Freestyle 800m Freestyle  
1500m Freestyle 1500m Freestyle  
100m Backstroke 100m Backstroke  
200m Backstroke 200m Backstroke  
100m Breaststroke 100m Breaststroke  
200m Breaststroke 200m Breaststroke  
100m Butterfly 100m Butterfly  
200m Butterfly 200m Butterfly  
200m Individual Medley 200m Individual Medley  
400m Individual Medley 400m Individual Medley  
4x100m Freestyle Relay 4x100m Freestyle Relay  
4x200m Freestyle Relay 4x200m Freestyle Relay  
4x100m Medley Relay 4x100m Medley Relay  

ATHLETES QUOTA

Total number of athletes for Swimming:

  • Qualification Places = TBC 
  • Universality Places = *TBC 
  • Total places = 852

*It is understood that all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that enter and compete in the FINA World Championships will have the opportunity to compete in Paris 2024.  Thus, the precise number of Universality places will not be known until a later date.

Maximum number of athletes per NOC: 

  Quota per NOC Event Specific Quota
Women Max 26 athletes

Max 2 athletes per event

Max 1 relay team per event

Men Max 26 athletes

Max 2 athletes per event

Max 1 relay team per event

NOCs without any qualified athlete or relay team may enter a maximum of two (2) athletes – one (1) man and one (1) woman (Universality Places) in one (1) event each (see section “Universality Places” below). Two athletes of the same gender entered via Universality are not permitted.

Type of Allocation of Quota Places:

  • The quota place is allocated to the athlete by name in individual events.
  • The quota place is allocated to the NOC in Relay events.

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY

Compliance with the Olympic Charter and other relevant rules

All athletes must respect and comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force, including but not limited to Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).

Only those athletes who respect and comply with the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, including the conditions of participation established by the IOC, plus the rules of FINA, may participate in the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Only the athletes who are eligible to participate at the official FINA competitions, in accordance with the FINA General Rules, are entitled to participate in the Olympic Games.

Only athletes who have participated in the 20th FINA World Championships 2022 in Fukuoka (JPN) to be held in 2023 or in the 21st FINA World Championships 2024 in Doha (QAT)  will be eligible for Universality Places according to (FINA Rule BL 9.3.6.4.3). An athlete entering through Universality will be limited to a maximum of up to two Olympic Games in his/her career provided the athlete is not older than the age of thirty (30) as of 31st December 2024.  

QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

The priority order for qualification places into the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be (FINA Rule BL 9.3.6.4.2):

  1. All athletes with an Olympic Qualification Time (OQT)
  2. Athletes in relays (also referred to as Relay-Only Athletes)
  3. Universality Places
  4. Invited athletes who have achieved an Olympic Consideration Time (OCT)

UNIVERSALITY PLACES (UNQUALIFIED ATHLETES)

NOCs without any qualified athlete or relay team may enter a maximum of two (2) athletes – one (1) man and one (1) woman (Universality Places) in one (1) event each. Two athletes of the same gender entered via Universality are not permitted.

NOCs with no athletes who have achieved an OQT nor any athlete invited by FINA through the OCT may enter a maximum of one (1) man and one (1) woman, provided that those athletes participated in the 20th FINA World Championships 2022 Fukuoka (JPN) and/or in the 21st FINA World Championships 2024 Doha (QAT).

NOCs with athletes having achieved an OQT or invited by FINA through the OCT in one (1) gender only may also enter one (1) universality swimmer in the other gender.

Athletes with an OCT achieved (but not invited via the OCT due to the quota being reached) may be invited through Universality Places and may be entered in up to two (2) individual events. Those athletes who do not have an OCT will be limited to enter one (1) individual event only.

As outlined in Section C, Athletes Eligibility, only athletes who have participated in the 20th FINA World Championships 2022 in Fukuoka, to be held in 2023 and/or in the 21st FINA World Championships 2024 in Doha are eligible for Universality Places. An athlete entering through Universality will be limited to a maximum of up to two Olympic Games in his/her career provided the athlete is not older than the age of thirty (30) as of 31st December 2024. 

Additionally, NOCs are obligated to enter the male athlete and the female athlete who have achieved the highest FINA Points Table score in any individual Olympic event, as achieved at a FINA-approved qualification event during the qualification period, using the FINA Points Table, 1st January 2024 edition. Exceptions will be granted only for circumstances of injury or retirement, with verification by the athlete and after review by FINA, or if there are doping control violations or disciplinary actions against this athlete.

NOCs must submit their applications for Universality Places to FINA for approval by 24th June 2024. FINA will confirm the Universality Places to NOCs by 3rd July 2024.

CONFIRMATION PROCESS FOR FINAL QUOTA PLACES

Following the end of the qualification period (23rd June 2024), FINA shall assess the number of athletes having achieved the OQT, the number of Relay-Only Athletes and the number of Universality Places. In order to complete the overall athletes’ quota, FINA shall then invite athletes that have achieved an OCT and inform each NOC accordingly by 3rd July 2024. FINA will make all efforts to give each NOC a 24-48 hour window in which to notify each NOC that one of its athletes is under consideration to be invited, and an online tracking tool will be used on the FINA website showing the athletes qualified in each event. FINA will also seek confirmation from NOCs concerning the participation of athletes with OQTs.

NOCs will then have to confirm if they wish to use these invitation places, as detailed in paragraph G. Qualification Timeline

REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA PLACES

If an allocated team relay quota place is not confirmed by the NOC by the confirmation of quota place deadline or is declined by the NOC, the quota place will be reallocated to the next eligible team with the fastest times achieved at the 21st FINA World Championships 2024 Doha (QAT).

If an individual quota place is declined by an NOC, the quota place will be reallocated to the next highest ranked athlete in the relevant event in the FINA World Rankings for Paris 2024 as of 23 June 2024.

QUALIFICATION TIMELINE

Date Milestone
May 2022  FINA to confirm the qualification time standards for all events. Standards to be distributed to all NOCs/NFs
15 January 2024  List of qualification events to be established, published and updated on FINA Website

1st March 2023 – 23rd June 2024

Period to achieve qualification time standards for individual events  
14th – 30th July 2023 20th FINA World Championships 2022, Fukuoka (JPN)
2nd – 18th February 2024 21st FINA World Championships 2023, Doha (QAT) 
3rd June 2024  FINA to inform NOCs of qualified relay teams
7th June 2024  NOCs to confirm the participation of their relay teams to FINA 
14th June 2024  FINA to reallocate unused relay teams’ quotas 
23rd June 2024

End of period to achieve qualification time standards for individual events

24th June 2024  NOCs to confirm Relay-Only Athletes to FINA 
24th June 2024  Deadline for NOCs to submit to FINA their application for Universality Places  
3rd July 2024  FINA to inform NOCs of OQT athletes and OCT athlete invitations 
3rd July 2024  FINA to confirm the allocation of Universality Places to NOCs 
4th July 2024  NOCs to confirm use of OQT athletes and OCT athlete invitations to FINA 
4th July 2024  NOCs to confirm the acceptance of Universality Places
5th July 2024  FINA to reallocate unused OCT athletes’ invitations 
By 5th July 2021  FINA to reallocate all unused quota places 
  FINA to inform Paris 2024 Sports Entries Department of all allocated quota places 
6th July 2024  Paris 2024 Sport Entries deadline 

26th July – 11th August 2024

Olympic Games Paris 2024 (Swimming - 27th July – 3rd August 2024)

 

QUALIFICATION TIME STANDARDS

The following table outlines the Qualification Time Standards (OQT) * for the Olympic Games Paris 2024:

Event Men   Women  
  OQT - 2 entries OQT - 1 entry OQT - 2 entries OQT - 1 entry
50m Freestyle

21.96

22.07

24.70

24.82

100m Freestyle

48.34

48.58

53.61

53.88

200m Freestyle

1:46.26

01:46.79

1:57.26

01:57.85

400m Freestyle

3:46.78

03:47.91

4:07.90

04:09.14

800m Freestyle

7:51.65

07:54.01

8:26.71

08:29.24

1500m Freestyle

15:00.99

15:05.49

16:09.09

16:13.94

100m Backstroke

53.74

54.01

59.99

01:00.29

200m Backstroke

1:57.50

01:58.09

2:10.39

02:11.04

100m Breaststroke

59.49

59.79

1:06.79

01:07.12

200m Breaststroke

2:09.68

02:10.33

2:23.91

02:24.63

100m Butterfly

51.67

51.93

57.92

58.21

200m Butterfly

1:55.78

01:56.36

2:08.43

02:09.07

200m Individual Medley

1:57.94

01:58.53

2:11.47

02:12.13

400m Individual Medley

4:12.50

04:13.76

4:38.53

04:39.92

*Explanation :

  • OQTs correspond to the time achieved by the 14TH Place in the respective preliminary heats of the event in Tokyo 2020.
  • All OCTs were derived by adding 0.5% to the OQT time standard.

 

The qualification system (English Version) can be downloaded in the link below and it is also available on Olympics.com.   

Note: In case of missing information, Olympics.com is the only source of truth as the document available on their platform will prevail.