FINA Reportedly Not Proposing Adding Stroke 50s For Paris 2024

FINA will not propose adding any new aquatic events to the Olympic program in 2024, BBC reporter Nick Hope confirmed with the organization.

Swimming recently got a new addition to the Olympic program just three years ago — one that we have yet to see in action due to the Tokyo 2020 postponement — when the men’s 800 freestyle, women’s 1500 freestyle and mixed 400 medley relay joined the lineup back in 2017.

While it’s certainly a divisive issue among swim fans, the 50 backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly are three events several have hoped would be added to the Olympic program. They have been a part of the Long Course World Championship schedule since 2001, though the argument against it is that continually adding events somewhat devalues the significance of an Olympic medal.

With the additions made in 2017, the mixed 400 freestyle relay is the only non-stroke 50 swimming event on the World Championship schedule that is not an Olympic event.

The International Olympic Committee will announce a finalized sport list next week, according to Hope. FINA is hoping to have high diving, which has been on the World Championship schedule since 2013, to run as an exhibition event, with medals going on the line starting in 2028.

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Swimmer
1 month ago

Fina did my boy Michael wrong

Togger
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Tbf I think MA is part of why I wouldn’t want it to be 2024.

People moan already that swimming has too many medals that a single athlete can sweep (such as MP). If we introduce 3 new events and one bloke wins the lot on the men’s side there’ll be whining galore.

Charles Emerson Winchester the Third
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

I agree with the concerns about medal inflation and also how multiple medals would essentially be given for the same skill/event. I’m not a huge fan when of the current format with a mixed relay you could potentially win 4 golds just from swimming the 100 free. When MP won eight golds, he only duplicated the 100 fly and 200 free, which to me is no different than what someone like Bolt did in track. So when someone like MP wins all those medals across such a wide range of events (100 fly to 400 IM), that versatility of skills should be rewarded. For example, there’s a huge difference between the 100/200 breast LCM, considering distance per stroke, tempo, aerobic… Read more »

Dan

I agree with you Mr. MASH, a T&F athlete like Bolt could add the Long Jump. Other then MP, how many swimmers have won multiple Olympic Gold in different categories (strokes). As for the mixed relays, T&F added mixed relay to the Olympics but they choose the 4×400 for TF.

Another thing that was done that makes it more difficult to win a lot of medals (compared to the 80s & 90s) is that they brought back the semifinal round so most events require 3 races instead of 2 to win a medal.

Mr Piano

Right on, and this is why I disagree with adding the 800/1500 for men/women. Just remove the 800 for women and add the 1500. Otherwise it’s a duplicate like you said.

swimfan_00
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

I dont think he will be on the podium even if the 50s are added

Last edited 1 month ago by swimfan_00
Blackflag82
1 month ago

And with that, Michael Andrew’s hopes of an Olympic berth all but disappear.

dude
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

That’s a stupid comment.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

200 IM in 2019? That was no slouch time.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

I did forget about that 200 IM, so yeah, I retract that statement based on that

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

ISL in 2020 — those were some slouch times.

KimJongSpoon
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Michael Andrew has consistently been the US’s second fastest 50 freestyler these past 4 years. Just try to find another American besides Dressel who’s gone 21 mid. If somebody manages to get past him at trials and take second it’d be an upset. In the 100 breast he’s been as low as 59.1, which was what Cordes went to win at trials. Speaking of, both Cordes and Miller have been off their bests for a while now and besides them, only Andrew Wilson has been faster this Olympic cycle with a 58.9. He’s also got the 6th fastest 200im time of any American ever and is ranked 3rd this cycle behind Chalisz and Devine. He can probably show the most… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
1 month ago

I’d forgotten about the 200 IM, and I think he’s got a shot there if he works on his free technique, but Foster, Lochte, and Kalisz are going to make a tough run of it. My money is on Foster and Lochte 100 breast, I think is an oversell. I think it’s going to take a sub 59 and I don;t think MA will be there, but I’ve been wrong before. 50 free I think is also an oversell. Everyone lost their minds when MA won the 50s at nationals in an off year (kind of how they all lost it when he won a scm world gold in the 100 IM when the guy who consistently destroyed him wasn’t… Read more »

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

MA might not be sub 59, but I’m kinda doubtful that 2 Americans will be sub 59.

And give me the name of 1 American besides Dressel who has been throwing down fast 50 frees recently – there are none.

I will admit MA was off in ISL but I think he said that he lost motivation during quarantine.

He has a really good chance at making the team.

Blackflag82
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

I think we’ll see 2 guys under 59 this summer.

Fast 50 free recently? How recent are we talking? Because I don’t think MA has thrown anything fast down since World’s correct me if I’m wrong though). I know that’s been in part because of quarantine, but when one guy comes out swimming slow and a bunch of college kids come out throwing down pb’s in an olympic year (when a lot of kids come out of the woodwork even more after ncaa’s) I’m gonna go with Dressel and one of those college kids.

We’ll see in both counts in about 7 months though.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

I’m with you on the MA story. He looked terrible in ISL. He thrives on training through actual racing (much like Sjostrom), and he’s just not going to get it. He also seems unfocused. Bought the squat rack and weights, but doesn’t appear to be using them much. Surfing seems to be his passion now. Just doesn’t have a killer instinct.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
1 month ago

His 100 fly and 100 back have also looked solid. I think, particularly in the 100 fly, he may be on an upswing while others in the event may be on a downward trajectory.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
1 month ago

Rooney seems to be moving up and Shields has been looking really good. Back has Murphy, Grevers, Farris, Stewart, Casa…it’s so deep it seems unlikely he’s going to drop the time that one would need.

DCSwim
1 month ago

More 👏🏻 open 👏🏻 water 👏🏻 events 👏🏻 please 👏🏻

Rafael
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

Would like seeing the 25K (More than the 5K if I had to choose)

DistanceSwimmer
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

Relays! Also finswimming is a must.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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