FINA Releases Revised Olympic Qualification Deadline For Postponed Games

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July 14th, 2020 News

With the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan to next year, the Olympic qualification system for athletes across most sports had also shifted accordingly to align with the new timing

We reported in April how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had extended the general qualification deadline for all athletes to June 29, 2021, with the understanding that international federations could still define their own deadlines before this date.

As such, we have been awaiting word from the world’s governing body of aquatic sports, FINA, to expand its qualification end date to follow suit. FINA has now spoken, expanding the qualification period for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next year to span March 1, 2019 to June 27, 2021. Relays now have until May 31, 2021.

FINA‘s original qualification system documentation reflected a qualification time frame for the 2020 Olympic Games spanning March 1, 2019 to June 29, 2020.


The U.S. Olympic Trials dates were previously moved to June 13-20, 2021, so FINA‘s new qualifying deadlines of June 27th would include this meet with days to spare.

Additionally, FINA posted its A & B Qualifying Time Standards, which match exactly to those published in May of 2018.

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Wait, if relays are set by May 31, how will the US structure Olympic Trials that will be held in June?

Relay invites go to a country, not individual athletes.

The American relays are all qualified already.

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Those qualifying times still get me as to how fast they are.


ya imo the 400 free A cut is way too fast. 3:48 is a more expectable time for at least several countries to get two people under…what’s the harm in having a few more countries send another person in that event? the event itself has almost regressed internationally, so the time shouldn’t get faster..
also, 3:46 compared to a 7:54?……ma’am….?


A cuts are determined by top 16 after prelims of the previous Olympics. So if a 3:46 seems awfully fast, then the previous deep field is to blame. The weak M800 and W1500 cuts are a little strange though.


That 400 free A time for the men…

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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