2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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The 2019 World Championships will serve as the last major international meet leading up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. At the conclusion of the meet, we looked into how many swimmers achieved the 2020 Olympic A cut in each event set by FINA. As a reminder, here are the A cuts that swimmers were shooting for.
|2020 Olympic A Cuts|
Along with the individual standards, all seven relays to be contested at the Olympics also selected who will compete in Tokyo. The top 12 teams in each relay received an automatic qualification while the 13th-16th place teams are still up for grabs. Below are the 12th place times and the 16th place times to show the window that the non-qualifying nations have in order to qualify.
|2020 Olympic Qualifying Relays|
|4×100 Mixed Medley||3:48.44||Hungary||12th|
*only 14 teams competed in the women’s 4×200 free relay
Diving into the individual A cuts, we carefully dug out how many swimmers put up their best A cut time in each event. So, if a swimmer were to swim an A cut throughout prelims, semifinals, and finals of the same race, only the fastest will count as one. Here’s other considerations we placed when crunching the numbers.
- Each swimmer is only counted 1 time for each event.
- 2020 Olympic A cut times are considered from prelims, semifinals, finals, swim-off’s and relay lead-off times.
- Lead off times from mixed relays are not included. Reason is that there is no confirmation whether FINA would count those as they cannot count as records.
Throughout the 8-day championships, 365 individual A cuts were achieved, 192 from the men and 173 from the women.
|Olympic A Cuts Achieved at 2019 Worlds|
++ includes relay lead-off times
The men achieved the most A cuts in the 800 free, followed by the 200 free and 100 breast. Meanwhile, the women had the most A cuts from the 100 free, then 200 IM and 1500 free. Combined, the 100 free, 200 IM, and 1500 free had the most A cuts achieved.
|Ranked Events with Most A Cuts|
|1||800 Free||100 Free||100 Free|
|2||200 Free||1500 Free||200 IM|
|3||100 Breast||200 IM||1500 Free|
|4||100 Free||100 Back||100 Back|
|5||200 Breast||100 Fly||800 Free|
|6||200 IM||200 Back||200 Free|
|7||100 Back||50 Free||100 Breast|
|8||50 Free||200 Free||200 Breast|
|9||1500 Free||800 Free||100 Fly|
|10||100 Fly||200 Breast||50 Free|
|11||200 Back||100 Breast||200 Back|
|12||200 Fly||400 Free||400 Free|
|13||400 IM||200 Fly||200 Fly|
|14||400 Free||400 IM||400 IM|
Other than the many opportunities to earn an A cut in the 100/200 free thanks to relays, the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free were showed the some of the highest number of qualifiers. A reason for this is their addition to the 2020 Olympics with no prior time standard established for the events.
The events with the least amount of qualifiers were the men’s 400 free and the women’s 400 IM. With the exception of the women’s 100 back, all other individual events’ Olympic A standard was reduced by FINA from 2016 to 2020. The men’s 400 free and women’s 400 IM exhibited the greatest change and thus could have resulted in the low numbers from the World championships.
The men’s 400 free A cut was reduced from a 3:50.40 to a 3:46.78 (-1.57%), causing a point towards the meager 9 swimmer qualified. The women’s 400 IM A cut also dropped -1.74% from a 4:43.36 in 2016 down to a 4:38.53, potentially resulting in the 7 lone swimmers qualified.