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Swimming World Records

Swimming World Records

Swimming world records are the fastest times ever recorded for a particular swimming event. These records are recognized and ratified by FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports. The first swimming world records were recognized by FINA in 1908, and since then, swimmers from all over the world have been working to break these records and cement their place in the history of the sport.  

Swimming World Records

Swimming World Records

Let’s take a closer look at some of the world’s most significant records.

100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle and Medley Records 

One of the most well-known swimming world records is the men's 100-meter freestyle record, which currently stands at 46.86 seconds. This record was set by David Popovici of Romania in Rome just this year and broke a 13-year-old record.  

The women’s 100-meter freestyle is currently held by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, at 51.71 seconds. Sjostrom also holds the women’s 50m freestyle record (23.67). 

Other notable swimming world records include the men’s 200m freestyle, which is held by Germany’s Paul Biedermann at 1:42.00, while the women's 200-meter freestyle held by Federica Pellegrini of Italy with a time of 1:52.98. 

The men’s 400m freestyle record currently sits with Paul Biedermann also, with a time of 3:40.07. The women’s 400m freestyle is held by Australian Ariarne Titmus, at 3:56.40. 

The men’s 400m individual medley is astonishingly still held by Michael Phelps, who set a time of 4:03.84 back in 2008 -making it one of the longest-standing records in swimming history. 

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is the women’s 400m individual medley record holder, with a very impressive time of 4:26.36, set in Rio back in 2016. 

Relay Events 

In addition to individual events, there are also world records for relay events, such as the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. These records are held by teams of swimmers who work together to achieve the fastest overall time. 

For the women’s teams, both records currently belong to Australia. The 4x100m freestyle record is 3:29.69. This was set in July 2021 at the Olympics in Tokyo, by Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. The 4x200m freestyle is currently 7:39.29 and was set at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year by Madison Wilson, Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan and Ariarne Titmus. 

For the men’s. both of these records are held by the United States, and it will come as no surprise it was in the reign of the mighty Michael Phelps era. Their 4x100m time is 3:08.24 and was set in 2008 by Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak. The 4x200m record was set a year later, in Rome in 2009, by Michael Phelps, Ricky Berens, David Walters and Ryan Lochte – with a time of 6:58.55. 

Breaking A Swimming World Record

Breaking a swimming world record is no easy feat. It requires years of dedication, hard work, and training, as well as the right combination of talent, physical ability, and mental toughness. Swimmers must also compete in official FINA-sanctioned events and have their times recognized and ratified by the governing body to officially break a world record. 

Despite the challenges, many swimmers have been able to achieve this feat and become world record holders. These swimmers are often seen as the best in the world at their respective events and are celebrated for their achievements both within the sport and beyond. 

Swimming world records are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the world's best swimmers. These records serve as a benchmark for the sport and inspire future generations of swimmers to strive for excellence.