Get Pumped For Fast Swimming By Watching All Men’s WR Race Videos

Just two more days until the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials begin in Omaha and American swim fans, coaches and athletes will be laser-focused on what transpires in the CenturyLink Center pool over the 7-day affair. The world will also be watching to get insight into what the stars n’ stripes team will look like when stepping upon the deck in Rio.

But what’s a swim nerd to do while waiting for the extravaganza to begin? We can get pumped up for fast and possibly historic swimming by re-watching all of the men’s world record-setting races, both relay and individual. Although it’s highly unlikely a world record would fall in Omaha, there’s nothing like a little motivation in the form of Jason “The Anchor” Lezak, or IM god-like swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

Although several historic records were set by now-retired legends such as Aaron Peirsol, it only makes the prospects of seeing rising young stars carry the torch in Omaha and beyond that much more exciting.

Below are the videos of each men’s world record to watch in awe. Also check out our post on which WR we think will fall first.

Thank you to SwimSwam reader Bobo Gigi for the link compilation.

50 free

100 free

200 free
400 free

800 free

1500 free
50 back


100 back

200 back

50 breast

100 breast

200 breast

50 fly

100 fly

200 fly

200 IM

400 IM

4×100 free relay

4×200 free relay


4×100 medley relay



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4 years ago

This is awesome

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Got to admit, just saw some & this is DEFINITELY a great idea & a great way to get pumped! Are the women’s WR’s to come too?

Victor P
4 years ago

Probably all 2008, 2009 WRs should be erased. Nothing like the unfair advantage of those tech suits.

Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

Perhaps. But I still believe all of those are within the realms of human limits, and I will enjoy the greater satisfaction of them falling, hopefully within our lifetime.

teddy tx
Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

That’s not right. Those tech suits were legal at the time.
What FINA should have done is recognizing and maintaining official parallel textile WR list post 2009 and merge them if the textile WR is faster than the corresponding tech suit WR.
This has been done in the past by IAAF when they changed equipment standard such as javelin.

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