FINA Announces Qualifying Standards for London 2012

FINA has posted the 2012 Olympic Times standards, along with a comparison of the qualifying marks versus the last 4 Olympic Games.

In general, the women’s standards have dropped much more than the men’s, which parallels the world of swimming where advancement in the female side of the sport seems to be slightly outpacing the men’s.

For convenience, I have highlighted this year’s standard in blue.

Olympic qualifying guide:

The “Olympic Qualifying Times” is equivalent to the NCAA “A” Time Standard. Swimmers who achieve this time at an official FINA qualifying event (which begin January 1, 2012) automatically qualify for the Olympics, with the caveat that each National Federation may only send two competitors per event, assuming both have the automatic OQT.

If a Nation does not have two swimmers in an event with the OQT, they may enter one swimmer with either an automatic Olympic Qualifying Time, or a provisional FINA/Olympic Invitational Time, which is similar to an NCAA “B” cut. Once all automatically qualified swimmers have been entered into the meet, FINA will begin to invite provisional qualifiers until they have reached the assigned quota of 900 total swimmers (including relay-only swimmers). These swimmers will be invited in order of the number of FINA Points that their qualifying time is worth.

If you have any questions about the qualifying, please post them below, and we can discuss!

See Also: World Championships 2011 Qualifying Times

Women’s standards

Women Olympic Qualifying Times Difference FINA/Olympic Invitation Times Difference
50 Freestyle 2000 25.97 27.27
2004 25.64 0.33 26.92 0.35
2008 25.43 0.21 26.32 0.60
2012 25.27 0.16 25.76 0.56
100 Freestyle 2000 56.03 58.83
2004 55.58 0.45 58.36 0.47
2008 55.24 0.34 57.17 1.19
2012 54.57 0.67 56.54 0.63
200 Freestyle 2000 2:01.02 2:07.07
2004 2:00.07 0.95 2:06.07 1.00
2008 1:59.29 0.78 2:03.47 2.60
2012 1:58.33 0.96 2:02.68 0.79
400 Freestyle 2000 4:13.81 4:26.50
2004 4:11.60 2.21 4:24.18 2.32
2008 4:11.26 0.34 4:20.05 4.13
2012 4:09.35 1.91 4:19.68 0.37
800 Freestyle 2000 8:40.31 9:06.33
2004 8:36.94 3.37 9:02.79 3.54
2008 8:35.98 0.96 8:54.04 8.75
2012 8:33.84 2.14 8:54.04 0.00
100 Backstroke 2000 1:03.25 1:06.41
2004 1:02.42 0.83 1:05.54 0.87
2008 1:01.70 0.72 1:03.86 1.68
2012 1:00.82 0.88 1:03.11 0.75
200 Backstroke 2000 2:14.52 2:21.25
2004 2:13.58 0.94 2:20.26 0.99
2008 2:12.73 0.85 2:17.38 2.88
2012 2:10.84 1.89 2:15.52 1.86
100 Breaststroke 2000 1:10.21 1:13.72
2004 1:09.85 0.36 1:13.34 0.38
2008 1:09.01 0.84 1:11.43 1.91
2012 1:08.49 0.52 1:09.98 1.45
200 Breaststroke 2000 2:29.91 2:37.41
2004 2:28.21 1.70 2:35.62 1.79
2008 2:28.21 0.00 2:33.40 2.22
2012 2:26.89 1.32 2:32.15 1.25
100 Butterfly 2000 1:00.71 1:03.71
2004 59.67 1.04 1:02.65 1.06
2008 59.35 0.32 1:01.43 1.22
2012 58.70 0.65 1:00.87 0.56
200 Butterfly 2000 2:13.05 2:19.70
2004 2:11.20 1.85 2:17.76 1.94
2008 2:10.84 0.36 2:15.42 2.34
2012 2:08.95 1.89 2:14.00 1.42
200 I.M. 2000 2:16.75 2:23.59
2004 2:15.27 1.48 2:22.03 1.56
2008 2:15.27 0.00 2:19.97 2.06
2012 2:13.36 1.91 2:16.98 2.99
400 I.M 2000 4:47.55 5:01.93
2004 4:46.42 1.13 5:00.74 1.19
2008 4:45.08 1.34 4:55.06 5.68
2012 4:41.75 3.33 4:52.59 2.47

Men’s standards

Men Olympic Qualifying Times Difference FINA/Olympic Invitation Times Difference
50 Freestyle 2000 22.75 23.89
2004 22.51 0.24 23.64 0.25
2008 22.35 0.16 23.13 0.51
2012 22.11 0.24 22.73 0.40
100 Freestyle 2000 50.09 52.59
2004 49.66 0.43 52.14 0.45
2008 49.23 0.43 50.95 1.19
2012 48.82 0.41 50.93 0.02
200 Freestyle 2000 1:49.83 1:55.32
2004 1:49.60 0.23 1:55.08 0.24
2008 1:48.72 0.88 1:52.53 2.55
2012 1:47.82 0.90 1:50.76 1.77
400 Freestyle 2000 3:54.10 4:04.81
2004 3:52.01 2.09 4:03.61 1.20
2008 3:49.96 2.05 3:58.01 5.60
2012 3:48.92 1.04 3:58.01 0.00
1500 Freestyle 2000 15:26.05 16:12.35
2004 15:14.43 11.62 16:05.15 7.20
2008 15:13.16 1.27 15:45.12 20.03
2012 15:11.83 1.33 15:45.12 0.00
100 Backstroke 2000 55.91 58.71
2004 55.63 0.28 58.41 0.30
2008 55.14 0.49 57.07 1.34
2012 54.40 0.74 56.40 0.67
200 Backstroke 2000 2:01.21 2:07.27
2004 2:00.20 1.01 2:06.21 1.06
2008 1:59.72 0.48 2:03.91 2.30
2012 1:58.48 1.24 2:01.53 2.38
100 Breaststroke 2000 1:02.51 1:05.64
2004 1:01.92 0.59 1:05.02 0.62
2008 1:01.57 0.35 1:03.72 1.30
2012 1:00.79 0.78 1:03.61 0.11
200 Breaststroke 2000 2:15.36 2:22.13
2004 2:14.20 1.16 2:20.91 1.22
2008 2:13.69 0.51 2:18.37 2.54
2012 2:11.74 1.95 2:18.24 0.13
100 Butterfly 2000 53.90 56.60
2004 53.49 0.41 56.16 0.44
2008 52.86 0.63 54.71 1.45
2012 52.36 0.50 54.09 0.62
200 Butterfly 2000 1:59.72 2:05.71
2004 1:58.63 1.09 2:04.56 1.15
2008 1:57.67 0.96 2:01.79 2.77
2012 1:56.86 0.81 2:01.08 0.71
200 I.M. 2000 2:03.14 2:09.30
2004 2:02.54 0.60 2:08.67 0.63
2008 2:01.40 1.14 2:05.65 3.02
2012 2:00.17 1.23 2:03.89 1.76
400 I.M 2000 4:22.82 4:35.86
2004 4:20.17 2.65 4:33.18 2.68
2008 4:18.40 1.77 4:27.44 5.74
2012 4:16.46 1.94 4:24.78 2.66

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David Rieder

If U.S. Olympic Trials are anything like Nationals this year, we are in trouble. In the men’s 100 free, Lochte got second in 48.83, 0.01 off the cut; Lezak would end up going 48.47 at Pan Pacs. Ditto 200 fly; only Phelps broke 1:57 at Nationals, thought Clary would go on to swim the necessary times at Pan Pacs. The worst is the 200 breast; other than Shanteau, no American broke 2:12 this year. Elliott Keefer is 28th in the world at 2:12.09; Scott Spann is 29th at 2:12.15. Worst of all, both of these were PRELIM times. By 2012, I do expect Keefer and Spann around the 2:10 mark, likely under, and I think there can be many under… Read more »

Eslam Refaie

Hello ,

fina mistaken this of course , they encountered this records because they took the percentage of 1000 swimmers in all races by counting the suits , but the real is not like that , there is no sense to drop the 50 free by 0.4 of a second this is complete madness .

they have mistaken , they should have counted the percentage after the suit where banned , they dont have to encounter rome 2009 or even beijing 2008 , the B-Cut should be worth than 2008 not better .

Rida A. Mitha

Hello,
When and where are the FINA Qualifying events for Women’s swimming for the 2012 Olympics be held?

Is the 14th FINA World Championship which is to be held in Shanghai in July 2011 serve the purpose as a FINA Qualifying Event for the Women’s swimming for the 2012 Olympics?

Thanks.

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