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London 2012 Olympics


The page provides a comprehensive list of Olympic records set by men in swimming.

Men Swimming Records

Introduced in the 1896 Athens Games, swimming has been a part of the Olympics ever since and undergone much transformation: from being an outdoor sport held in a river to being an indoor sport held in a pool. Despite the transformation it is one of the most popular sports in Olympics. In men's category, except for the record time of 3:40.59 min set by Ian Thorpe of Australia in 400m freestyle, all the record times in each event was newly set by swimmers across the world. As of now, USA with 489 medals, out of which 214 are gold, is at the top of the medals tally. In the 2012 London Games, 950 swimmers will take part in the competition in as many as 34 events. The competition will be held at Olympic Park - Aquatics Centre and Hyde Park from 28th July to 4th August.

Men's Swimming Olympics Records

Year Games Athlete Record Event Country
2008 Beijing Cesar Cielo Filho 21.30 50m Freestyle Brazil
2008 Beijing Alain Bernard 47.05 100m Freestyle France
2008 Beijing Michael Phelps 1:42.96 200m Freestyle USA
2000 Sydney Ian Thorpe 3:40.59 400m Freestyle Australia
2008 Beijing Oussama Mellouli 14:38.92 1500m Freestyle Tunisia
2008 Beijing Aaron Peirsol 52.54 100m Backstroke USA
2008 Beijing Ryan Lochte 1:52.94 200m Backstroke USA
2008 Beijing Kosuke Kitajima 58.91 100m Breaststroke Japan
2008 Beijing Kosuke Kitajima 2:07.64 200m Breaststroke Japan
2008 Beijing Michael Phelps 50.58 100m Butterfly USA
2008 Beijing Michael Phelps 1:52.03 200m Butterfly USA
2008 Beijing Michael Phelps 1:54.23 200m Individual Medley USA
2008 Beijing Michael Phelps 4:03.84 400m Individual Medley USA
2008 Beijing Cullen Jones
Jason Lezak
Nathan Adrian
Matt Grevers
Ben Wildman-Tobriner
Michael Phelps
Garrett Weber-Gale
3:08.24 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay USA
2008 Beijing Ricky Berens
Peter Vanderkaay
Klete Keller
Erik Vendt
David Walters
Ryan Lochte
Klete Keller
Dan Ketchum
6:58.56 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay USA
2008 Beijing Garrett Weber-Gale
Brendan Hansen
Michael Phelps
Jason Lezak
Ian Crocker
Mark Gangloff
Matt Grevers
Aaron Peirsol
3:29.34 4 x 100 Medley Relay USA
2008 Beijing Maarten Van Der Weijden 1:51:51.6 10km Marathon Netherlands