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 on 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

Long course

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

Short course

# TIME SWIMMER DATE EVENT PLACE
011 1:43.641:44.50 Gross, Michael Michael Gross 1 December 1981 German Nationals Bremen ?
012 1:43.641:44.14 Gross, Michael Michael Gross 5 February 1988 Coca-Cola Sponsored Meet Boulogne-Billancourt ?
013 1:43.641:43.64 Lamberti, GiorgioGiorgio Lamberti 11 February 1990 World Cup Bonn, Germany ?
024 1:43.281:43.28 Thorpe, Ian Ian Thorpe 1 April 1999 World SC Championships Hong Kong ?
035 1:42.541:42.54 Thorpe, Ian Ian Thorpe 17 January 2000 FINA World Cup Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
046 1:41.101:41.10 Thorpe, Ian Ian Thorpe 6 February 2000 FINA World Cup Berlin, Germany ?
057 1:40.831:40.83 Biedermann, Paul Paul Biedermann 16 Nov 2008 FINA World Cup Berlin, Germany ?
068 1:39.371:39.37 Biedermann, Paul Paul Biedermann 15 Nov 2009 FINA World Cup Berlin, Germany [8]

Women

Long course

# TIME SWIMMER DATE EVENT PLACE
011 2:56.02:56.0 Durack, Fanny Fanny Durack 4 March 1915 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
022 2:47.62:47.6 Boyle, Charlotte Charlotte Boyle 25 August 1921 ? New Brighton, Minnesota, United States ?
033 2:45.22:45.2 Ederle, Gertrude Gertrude Ederle 4 April 1923 ? Brooklyn, New York, United States ?
044 2:40.62:40.6 Norelius, Martha Martha Norelius 28 February 1926 ? Miami, Florida, United States ?
055 2:34.62:34.6 Madison, Helene Helene Madison 6 March 1930 ? St. Augustine, Florida, United States ?
066 2:28.62:28.6 Den Ouden, Willy Willy den Ouden 3 May 1933 ? Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands ?
077 2:27.62:27.6 Den Ouden, Willy Willy den Ouden 5 May 1934 ? Dundee, United Kingdom ?
088 2:25.32:25.3 Den Ouden, Willy Willy den Ouden 8 September 1935 ? Copenhagen, Denmark ?
099 2:24.62:24.6 Van Veen, Rie Rie van Veen 26 February 1938 ? Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands ?
1010 2:21.72:21.7 Hveger, Ragnhild Ragnhild Hveger 11 September 1938 ? Aarhus, Aarhus County, Denmark ?
1111 2:20.72:20.7 Fraser, Dawn Dawn Fraser 25 February 1956 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1212 2:19.32:19.3 Crapp, Lorraine Lorraine Crapp 25 August 1956 ? Townsville, Queensland, Australia ?
1313 2:18.52:18.5 Crapp, Lorraine Lorraine Crapp 20 October 1956 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1414 2:17.72:17.7 Fraser, Dawn Dawn Fraser 10 February 1958 ? Adelaide, South Australia, Australia ?
1515 2:14.72:14.7 Fraser, Dawn Dawn Fraser 22 February 1958 ? Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ?
1616 2:11.62:11.6 Fraser, Dawn Dawn Fraser 27 February 1960 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
1717 2:10.52:10.5 Watson, Lillian Lillian Watson 19 August 1966 ? Lincoln, Nebraska, United States ?
1818 2:09.72:09.7 Kruse, Pam Pam Kruse 19 August 1967 AAU Nationals Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States ?
1919 2:09.52:09.5 Pedersen, Susan Susan Pedersen 6 July 1968 Santa Clara Invitational Santa Clara, California, United States ?
2020 2:08.82:08.8 Wetzel, Edith Edith Wetzel 2 August 1968 AAU Nationals Lincoln, Nebraska, United States ?
2121 2:07.92:07.9 Gustavson, Linda Linda Gustavson 24 August 1968 USA Olympic Trials Los Angeles, California, United States [9]
2222 2:06.72:06.7 Meyer, Debbie Debbie Meyer 24 August 1968 USA Olympic Trials (elec. 2:06.86) Los Angeles, California, United States [9]
2323 2:06.52:06.5 Gould, Shane Shane Gould 1 May 1971 Coca Cola International London, United Kingdom ?
2424 2:05.82:05.8 Gould, Shane Shane Gould 26 November 1971 ? Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ?
2525 2:05.212:05.21 Babashoff, Shirley Shirley Babashoff 4 August 1972 USA Olympic Trials Chicago, Illinois, United States ?
2626 2:03.562:03.56 Gould, Shane Shane Gould 1 September 1972 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Bavaria, West Germany ?
2727 2:03.222:03.22 Ender, Kornelia Kornelia Ender 22 August 1974 European Swimming Championships Vienna, Austria ?
2828 2:02.942:02.94 Babashoff, Shirley Shirley Babashoff 23 August 1974 AAU Senior National Outdoor Championships Concord, California, United States ?
2928= 2:02.942:02.94 Babashoff, Shirley Shirley Babashoff 31 August 1974 USAvGDR Dual Meet Concord, California, United States ?
3029 2:02.272:02.27 Ender, Kornelia Kornelia Ender 15 March 1975 GDRvURS Duel Dresden, Dresden, East Germany ?
3130 1:59.781:59.78 Ender, Kornelia Kornelia Ender 2 June 1976 GDR Olympic Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3231 1:59.261:59.26 Ender, Kornelia Kornelia Ender 22 July 1976 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Quebec, Canada ?
3332 1:59.041:59.04 Krause, Barbara Barbara Krause 2 July 1978 GDR Nationals & World Championship Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3433 1:58.531:58.53 Woodhead, Cynthia Cynthia Woodhead 22 August 1978 FINA World Championships West Berlin ?
3534 1:58.431:58.43 Woodhead, Cynthia Cynthia Woodhead 3 July 1979 Pan-American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico ?
3635 1:58.231:58.23 Woodhead, Cynthia Cynthia Woodhead 3 September 1979 FINA World Cup Tokyo, Japan ?
3736 1:57.751:57.75 Otto, Kristin Kristin Otto 23 May 1984 GDR Nationals Magdeburg, Magdeburg, East Germany ?
3837 1:57.551:57.55 Friedrich, Heike Heike Friedrich 18 June 1986 GDR Nationals & World Championship Trials East Berlin, East Germany ?
3938 1:56.781:56.78 Van Almsick, Franziska Franziska van Almsick 6 September 1994 1994 World Championships Rome, Lazio, Italy ?
4039 1:56.641:56.64 Van Almsick, Franziska Franziska van Almsick 3 August 2002 2002 European Championships Berlin, Germany ?
4140 1:56.471:56.47 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 27 March 2007 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [6]
4241 1:55.521:55.52 Manaudou, Laure Laure Manaudou 28 March 2007 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [10]
4342 1:55.451:55.45 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 11 August 2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
4443 1:54.821:54.82 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 13 August 2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
4544 1:54.471:54.47 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 8 March 2009 Italian Championships Riccione, Italy [11]
4645 1:53.671:53.67 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 28 July 2009 2009 World Championships Roma, Italy
4646 1:52.981:52.98 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 29 July 2009 2009 World Championships Roma, Italy

Short course

# TIME SWIMMER DATE EVENT PLACE
011 1:55.841:55.84 Van Almsick, Franziska Franziska van Almsick 9 January 1993 World Cup Beijing, PR China ?
022 1:55.421:55.42 Poll, Claudia Claudia Poll 1 December 1995 World SC Championships Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ?
033 1:54.171:54.17 Poll, Claudia Claudia Poll 18 April 1997 World SC Championships Gothenburg, Västergötland, Sweden ?
044 1:54.041:54.04 Benko, Lindsay Lindsay Benko 7 April 2002 2002 Short Course World Championships Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia ?
055 1:53.291:53.29 Benko, Lindsey Libby Lenton 19 November 2005 2005/2006 FINA Swimming World Cup Series Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [12]
066 1:53.181:53.18 Balmy, Coralie Coralie Balmy 6 December 2008 2008 French Short Course Championships Angers, France [13]
077 1:51.851:51.85 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 14 December 2008 2008 European Short Course Championships Rijeka, Croatia [14]
088 1:51.171:51.17 Pellegrini, Federica Federica Pellegrini 13 December 2009 2009 European Short Course Championships Istanbul, Turkey [15]

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