Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 7–8 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates7 August 2016 (heats &
8 August 2016 (final)
Competitors48 from 36 nations
Winning time1:44.65
Sun Yang  China
Chad le Clos  South Africa
Conor Dwyer  United States

After a runner-up feat in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier, China's Sun Yang put up a monumental effort for the Olympic mid-distance freestyle title in a race against Chad le Clos of South Africa and Conor Dwyer of the United States. Hanging with the leaders at the 150-metre turn, Sun made a late charge on the final lap to edge out Le Clos in front and did not let Dwyer pass him for the gold medal in 1:44.65.[2][3] Despite his early jump to the immediate lead before the final stretch, Le Clos could not hold off Sun to finish with a silver and an African record time in 1:45.20. Meanwhile, Dwyer powered home with a bronze in 1:45.23.[4]

Swimming on the outside lane, 2015 World champion James Guy of Great Britain improved upon his position to finish fourth with a 1:45.49.[5] Dwyer's teammate Townley Haas claimed the fifth spot in 1:45.58, while Germany's world record holder Paul Biedermann (1:45.84), Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:45.90), the Olympic champion in the 400 m individual medley, and Russia's Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.91) rounded out the field.[4]

Other notable swimmers featured France's Yannick Agnel, who missed a chance to defend his Olympic title after fading to nineteenth in the prelims with a 1:47.35, and two-time silver medalist Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, who posted a twenty-ninth-place time of 1:48.06 in his fourth Olympic appearance.[6] Shortly after the Games, Agnel, aged 24, officially confirmed his retirement from international swimming.[7]

The medals for the competition were presented by Tsunekazu Takeda, Japan, member of the International Olympic Committee and the gifts were presented by Kazuo Sano, Bureau Member of FINA.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record Paul Biedermann (GER)1:42.00Rome, Italy28 July 2009
Olympic record Michael Phelps (USA)1:42.96Beijing, China12 August 2008



The heats began at 1:19pm.

154Sun Yang China1:45.75Q
244Paul Biedermann Germany1:45.78Q
356Chad le Clos South Africa1:45.89Q
463Conor Dwyer United States1:45.95Q
545Townley Haas United States1:46.13Q
64James Guy Great BritainQ
765Kosuke Hagino Japan1:46.19Q
853Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands1:46.32Q
955Thomas Fraser-Holmes Australia1:46.49Q
1066Velimir Stjepanovic Serbia1:46.64Q
1146Jérémy Stravius France1:46.67Q, WD*
1248Dominik Kozma Hungary1:46.68Q
1357Myles Brown South Africa1:46.78Q
1424Cristian Quintero Venezuela1:47.02Q
1551Kacper Majchrzak Poland1:47.12Q
1667Alexander Krasnykh Russia1:47.15Q
1747Glenn Surgeloose Belgium1:47.19Q
1836Felix Auböck Austria1:47.24
1943Yannick Agnel France1:47.35
2037Matthew Stanley New Zealand1:47.37
2168Matias Koski Finland1:47.40
2234Federico Grabich Argentina1:47.41
2333Andrea Mitchell D'Arrigo Italy1:47.46
2438Marwan El-Kamash Egypt1:47.52
2542João de Lucca Brazil1:47.63
2632Welson Sim Malaysia1:47.67
2761Dion Dreesens Netherlands1:47.76
2858Christoph Fildebrandt Germany1:47.81
2962Park Tae-hwan South Korea1:48.06
3052David McKeon Australia1:48.38
3114Khader Baqlah Jordan1:48.42
3226Shang Keyuan China1:48.46
3325Marco Belotti Italy1:48.71
3413Alexei Sancov Moldova1:48.85
3523Cameron Kurle Great Britain1:49.08
3631Nikita Lobintsev Russia1:49.35
3735Péter Bernek Hungary1:49.73
3822Alexandre Haldemann Switzerland1:49.94
3915Anže Tavčar Slovenia1:49.96
4021Henrik Christiansen Norway1:50.09
4127Hoàng Quý Phước Vietnam1:50.39
28Ahmed Mathlouthi Tunisia
4316Marcelo Acosta El Salvador1:51.46
4417Noah Mascoll-Gomes Antigua and Barbuda1:53.16
4512Mikel Schreuders Aruba1:55.10
4611Brandon Schuster Samoa1:57.72
4718Ahmed Gebrel Palestine1:59.71
41Nicolas Oliveira BrazilDNS

* Qualified, but pulled out of semi-finals to focus on 4×100 m freestyle relay.[8]


Semifinal 1

15Conor Dwyer United States1:45.55Q
24Paul Biedermann Germany1:45.69Q
33James Guy Great Britain1:46.23Q
41Kacper Majchrzak Poland1:46.30NR
56Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands1:46.34
67Myles Brown South Africa1:46.57
72Velimir Stjepanovic Serbia1:47.28
88Glenn Surgeloose Belgium1:47.36

Semifinal 2

14Sun Yang China1:44.63Q
26Kosuke Hagino Japan1:45.45Q
38Aleksandr Krasnykh Russia1:45.69Q
43Townley Haas United States1:45.92Q
55Chad le Clos South Africa1:45.94Q
62Thomas Fraser-Holmes Australia1:46.24
77Dominik Kozma Hungary1:47.53
81Cristian Quintero Venezuela1:48.00


4Sun Yang China1:44.65
1Chad le Clos South Africa1:45.20AF
3Conor Dwyer United States1:45.23
48James Guy Great Britain1:45.49
57Townley Haas United States1:45.58
66Paul Biedermann Germany1:45.84
75Kosuke Hagino Japan1:45.90
82Aleksandr Krasnykh Russia1:45.91


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