Swimming Qualification

Qualification Summary

Each National Olympic Committee can enter a maximum of 56 athletes (28 men and 28 women) with a maximum of two athletes per individual event and one team per relay event. To qualify in a relay event a nation must finish in the top 12 during the heats at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship. Four more spots will go to the highest ranked nations based on their best performance at an approved competition between March 1st 2019 and May 31st 2021.

In total, 878 athletes will qualify through four methods. Athletes which have swam the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT) in an approved competition in at least one event between March 1st 2019 and June 27th 2021 will qualify, with a maximum of two athletes per event. Should a nation fail to qualify a male and/or female athlete, they will be allowed to enter one man and/or woman as a Universality Place in one event provided that they competed at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship. Nations which have qualified a relay may select relay-only athletes (up to # of relays qualified * 2 athletes) to compete provided that the athletes have reached the Olympic Selection Time (OST). Afterwards, any remaining places will go to athletes which have swam an OST in an approved competition with priority going to the highest ranked athletes on the FINA World Rankings of each event until the quota of 878 has been reached. A nation can only qualify a maximum of one athlete per event through this method and none in events where an athlete from the same nation already qualified through the first method.

In the open water event, each National Olympic Committee can enter a maximum of 4 athletes (2 men and 2 women). As hosts, Japan will be given 2 athletes (1 man and 1 woman) to compete should they fail to qualify normally. The remaining quotas will be decided at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship and 2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier. Continental quotas will be decided at the 2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier.

Qualified Nations

Qualification events are listed in hierarchical order.
Last Update: April 28th 2021

Men’s 50m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 22.01 Algeria
Australia
Brazil
Canada
China
Egypt
Finland
France
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Poland
Russia
Russia
South Africa
Ukraine
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 22.97
IOC Invitation 1 Refugee Olympic Team

Women’s 50m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 24.77 Australia
Australia
China
China
Denmark
Denmark
France
France
Great Britain
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Poland
Russia
Russia
South Africa
Sweden
Sweden
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 25.51

Men’s 100m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 48.57 Algeria
Australia
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Brazil
China
China
France
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
South Korea
Trinidad and Tobago
Ukraine
United States
United States
Uzbekistan
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 50.03

Women’s 100m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 54.38 Australia
Australia
Belarus
Canada
Canada
China
China
Czech Republic
Denmark
Denmark
France
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Israel
Israel
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Russia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Sweden
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 56.01

Men’s 200m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:47.02 Australia
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
China
China
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Lithuania
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
Serbia
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 1:50.23

Women’s 200m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:57.28 Australia
Australia
Canada
Canada
China
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Hungary
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
Sweden
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:00.80

Men’s 400m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 3:46.78 Australia
Australia
Austria
Brazil
China
China
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Lithuania
Russia
Russia
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 3:53.58

Women’s 400m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 4:07.90 Argentina
Australia
Australia
China
China
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Russia
Russia
Spain
Turkey
Turkey
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 4:15.34

Men’s 800m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 7:54.31 Australia
Australia
Austria
Brazil
China
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Denmark
France
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Norway
Poland
Russia
Russia
Serbia
Tunisia
Ukraine
Ukraine
United States
United States
Vietnam
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 8:08.54

Women’s 800m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 8:33.36 Argentina
Australia
Australia
Austria
China
China
Germany
Germany
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Liechtenstein
Russia
Russia
Slovenia
Spain
Spain
Turkey
Turkey
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 8:48.76

Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 15:00.99 Australia
Australia
Brazil
China
Croatia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Denmark
France
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Norway
Russia
Russia
Ukraine
Ukraine
United States
United States
Vietnam
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 15:28.02

Women’s 1500m Freestyle

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 16:32.04 Argentina
Australia
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada
Chile
China
China
Denmark
France
Germany
Germany
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Liechtenstein
New Zealand
Portugal
Portugal
Russia
Slovenia
Spain
Spain
Turkey
Turkey
United States
United States
Vietnam
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 17:01.80

Men’s 100m Backstroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 53.85 Australia
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
China
France
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Hungary
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Italy
Japan
Romania
Romania
Russia
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 55.47

Women’s 100m Backstroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:00.25 Australia
Australia
Belarus
Canada
Canada
China
China
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 1:02.06

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:57.50 Australia
Australia
Bulgaria
Canada
China
China
France
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Poland
Russia
Russia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:01.03

Women’s 200m Backstroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 2:10.39 Australia
Australia
Austria
Canada
Canada
China
China
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Moldova
Netherlands
Netherlands
New Zealand
Poland
Russia
Russia
Spain
Ukraine
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:14.30

Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 59.93 Australia
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Brazil
Brazil
China
China
Denmark
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Lithuania
Lithuania
Netherlands
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
Serbia
South Africa
Turkey
Turkey
United States
United States
Uzbekistan
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 1:01.73

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:07.07 Argentina
Australia
Australia
Belarus
Belgium
Canada
China
Estonia
Finland
Great Britain
Great Britain
Ireland
Italy
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 1:09.08

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 2:10.35 Australia
Australia
Austria
China
China
Finland
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Kazakhstan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Russia
Russia
South Korea
Sweden
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:14.26

Women’s 200m Breaststroke

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 2:25.52 Argentina
Australia
Australia
Belarus
Belgium
Canada
Canada
China
China
Czech Republic
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Russia
Russia
South Africa
South Africa
Spain
Spain
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:29.89

Men’s 100m Butterfly

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 51.96 Argentina
Australia
Australia
Belarus
Brazil
Brazil
Bulgaria
China
China
France
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Guatemala
Hungary
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Poland
Russia
Russia
Singapore
Singapore
South Africa
South Africa
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 53.52

Women’s 100m Butterfly

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 57.92 Australia
Australia
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canada
Canada
China
Denmark
Egypt
France
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Russia
Russia
South Africa
Sweden
Sweden
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 59.66
IOC Invitation 1 Refugee Olympic Team

Men’s 200m Butterfly

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:56.48 Australia
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chinese Taipei
France
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Poland
Russia
South Africa
South Africa
Switzerland
Ukraine
Ukraine
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 1:59.67

Women’s 200m Butterfly

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 2:08.43 Australia
Australia
China
China
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Japan
Japan
Portugal
Russia
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:12.28

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 1:59.67 Australia
Australia
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
China
China
Chinese Taipei
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Greece
Greece
Hungary
Hungary
Israel
Israel
Italy
Japan
Japan
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Portugal
Portugal
Russia
Russia
Spain
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:03.26

Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 2:12.56 Australia
Australia
Canada
Canada
China
China
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
South Korea
Switzerland
Turkey
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 2:16.54

Men’s 400m Individual Medley

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 4:15.84 Australia
Australia
Azerbaijan
China
France
Germany
Germany
Great Britain
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Hungary
Italy
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
New Zealand
Russia
Russia
Spain
Switzerland
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 4:21.46

Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Olympic Qualification Time – 4:38.53 Australia
Canada
Canada
China
France
Great Britain
Great Britain
Hungary
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Serbia
Spain
Spain
United States
United States
Universality Places
Olympic Selection Time – 4:46.89

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 Australia
Brazil
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Japan
Poland
Russia
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 Canada
Netherlands
Serbia
Switzerland

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 Australia
Canada
China
Czech Republic
Germany
Hong Kong
Japan
Netherlands
Poland
Russia
Sweden
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 Brazil
Denmark
France
Great Britain

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 Australia
Brazil
China
Germany
Great Britain
Israel
Italy
Japan
Poland
Russia
Switzerland
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 France
Hungary
Ireland
South Korea

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 11 Australia
Canada
China
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Japan
New Zealand
Poland
Russia
South Korea
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 5 Brazil
Denmark
France
Great Britain
Israel
Italy
South Africa
Turkey

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 Australia
Belarus
Brazil
Canada
China
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Japan
Lithuania
Russia
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 France
Greece
Italy
Poland

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 11 Australia
Canada
China
Germany
Great Britain
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
Russia
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 5 Belarus
Denmark
Finland
Hong Kong
South Africa
Spain

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 12 Australia
Belarus
Canada
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
Poland
Russia
United States
FINA World Rankings
(May 31 2021)
4 Brazil
China
Greece
Japan

Men’s 10km Open Water

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 10 France
France
Germany
Germany
Hungay
Italy
Italy
Netherlands
Spain
United States
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 9 Australia
Ecuador
Great Britain
Greece
Israel
Japan
Portugal
Russia
Tunisia
Reallocation 2 Mexico
South Africa
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Africa 1 Namibia
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Americas 1 Canada
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Asia 1 Hong Kong
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Europe 1 Czech Republic
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Oceania 1 0 None Eligible
Host Nation 1 0 Qualified Above

Women’s 10km Open Water

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Aquatics Championships 10 Australia
Brazil
China
France
Germany
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
United States
United States
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 9 Argentina
Canada
Ecuador
Great Britain
Hungary
Portugal
Russia
Slovenia
Spain
Reallocation 2 Japan
South Africa
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Africa 1 Algeria
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Americas 1 Venezuela
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Asia 1 Singapore
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Europe 1 Ukraine
2021 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier – Oceania 1 0 None Eligible
Host Nation 1 0 Qualified Above