Paris 2024 Olympic Schedule Resolves Some Event Conflicts With New 9-Day Calendar

by Riley Overend 70

July 25th, 2022 News, Paris 2024

The revamped swimming schedule for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris has been revealed, featuring several events that have been reshuffled under the new nine-day calendar. 

Notably, a few common conflicts have been resolved thanks to the extended schedule. 

The women’s 200-meter freestyle final will take place on Day 3 instead of Day 4, avoiding a clash with the women’s 1500 free. It figures to be good news for Katie Ledecky, who won the 1500 free in Tokyo but missed the podium in the 200 free. She skipped the 200 free at this year’s World Championships, but the new schedule may allow her to invest more energy in the event again. 

The 400 IMs have been moved from Day 1 to prevent a conflict with the 400 free. The switch bodes well for Carson Foster, who could make the U.S. team in both events based on recent results. The versatile University of Texas star currently boasts the nation’s leading time in the 400 this season (3:45.29) and ranks second behind rising French star Leon Marchand in the 400 IM (4:06.56). 

The men’s 200 IM/200 back double has also been largely fixed by moving the 200 IM from Day 6 to Day 7, meaning the 200 back final will only conflict with the 200 IM semis instead of the final. Shaine Casas could realistically make the finals of both events as the second-fastest 200 back performer this season (1:55.35) and fourth-fastest 200 IMer (1:56.70).

Caeleb Dressel will still be tasked with another 50 free/100 butterfly, but this time with a slight twist. He’ll take on both the 50 free final and 100 fly semis on Day 7 instead of the 50 free semis and 100 fly finals. Dressel seemed to pull off the feat with ease last summer as he brought home gold medals in each event. 

The new schedule may not benefit everyone, however. The reshuffling of events results in a double for Michael Andrew on Day 7 between the 50 free and 200 IM. The 23-year-old American ranks as the second-fastest performer nationally in the 50 free (21.41) this season and No. 12 in the 200 IM (1:59.11). 

Comparing the Past Two Olympic Swimming Schedules

Tokyo 2020 Paris 2024, new scheduling spots in bold
Day 1 Prelims Men 400m Individual Medley Women 100m Butterfly
Women 100m Butterfly Women 400m Freestyle
Men 400m Freestyle Men 100m Breaststroke
Women 400m Individual Medley Men 400m Freestyle
Men 100m Breaststroke Women 4x100m Freestyle
Women 4x100m Freestyle Men 4x100m Freestyle
Day 1 Finals Men 400m Individual Medley Final Women 100m Butterfly Semi-Final
Women 100m Butterfly Semi-Final Men 400m Freestyle Final
Men 400m Freestyle Final Women 400m Freestyle Final
Women 400m Individual Medley Final Men 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final
Men 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final Women 4x100m Freestyle Final
Women 4x100m Freestyle Final Men 4x100m Freestyle Final
Day 2 Prelims Women 100m Backstroke Men 200m Freestyle
Men 200m Freestyle Men 400m Individual Medley
Women 100m Breaststroke Women 100m Breaststroke
Men 100m Backstroke Men 100m Backstroke
Women 400m Freestyle Women 200m Freestyle
Men 4x100m Freestyle
Day 2 Finals Women 100m Butterfly Final Men 400m Individual Medley Final
Men 200m Freestyle Semi-Final Women 100m Butterfly Final
Women 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final Men 200m Freestyle Semi-Final
Men 100m Breaststroke Final Women 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final
Women 400m Freestyle Final Men 100m Backstroke Semi-Final
Men 100m Backstroke Semi-Final Men 100m Breaststroke Final
Women 100m Backstroke Semi-Final Women 200m Freestyle Semi-Final
Men 4x100m Freestyle Final
Day 3 Prelims Women 200m Freestyle Women 400m Individual Medley
Men 200m Butterfly Women 100m Backstroke
Women 200m Individual Medley Men 800m Freestyle
Women 1500m Freestyle
Day 3 Finals Women 200m Freestyle Semi-Final Women 400m Individual Medley Final
Men 200m Freestyle Final Men 200m Freestyle Final
Women 100m Backstroke Final Women 100m Backstroke Semi-Final
Men 100m Backstroke Final Men 100m Backstroke Final
Women 100m Breaststroke Final Women 100m Breaststroke Final
Men 200m Butterfly Semi-Final Women 200m Freestyle Final
Women 200m Individual Medley Semi-Final
Day 4 Prelims Men 100m Freestyle Men 200m Butterfly
Women 200m Butterfly Men 100m Freestyle
Men 200m Breaststroke Women 1500m Freestyle
Men 4x200m Freestyle Women 100m Freestyle
Men 800m Freestyle Men 200m Breaststroke
Men 4x200m Freestyle
Day 4 Finals Men 100m Freestyle Semi-Final Men 100m Freestyle Semi-Final
Women 200m Freestyle Final Men 200m Butterfly Semi-Final
Men 200m Butterfly Final Women 100m Backstroke Final
Women 200m Butterfly Semi-Final Men 800m Freestyle Final
Men 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final Women 100m Freestyle Semi-Final
Women 200m Individual Medley Final Men 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final
Women 1500m Freestyle Final Men 4x200m Freestyle Final
Men 4x200m Freestyle Final
Day 5 Prelims Women 100m Freestyle Women 200m Breaststroke
Men 200m Backstroke Men 200m Backstroke
Women 200m Breaststroke Women 200m Butterfly
Men 200m Individual Medley
Women 4x200m Freestyle
Day 5 Finals Men 800m Freestyle Final Women 100m Freestyle Final
Men 200m Breaststroke Final Men 200m Butterfly Final
Women 100m Freestyle Semi-Final Men 200m Breaststroke Final
Men 200m Backstroke Semi-Final Women 1500m Freestyle Final
Women 200m Butterfly Final Men 200m Backstroke Semi-Final
Men 100m Freestyle Final Women 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final
Women 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final Women 200m Butterfly Semi-Final
Men 200m Individual Medley Semi-Final Men 100m Freestyle Final
Women 4x200m Freestyle Final
Day 6 Prelims Women 800m Freestyle Women 200m Backstroke
Men 100m Butterfly Men’s 50m Freestyle
Women 200m Backstroke Men’s 200 IM
Mixed 4x100m Medley Women 4x200m Freestyle
Day 6 Finals Women 200m Breaststroke Final Women 200m Butterfly Final
Men 200m Backstroke Final Men 200m Backstroke Final
Women 200m Backstroke Semi-Final Women 200m Backstroke Semi-Final
Men 200m Individual Medley Final Women 200m Breaststroke Final
Women 100m Freestyle Final Men 200m Individual Medley Semi-Final
Men 100m Butterfly Semi-Final Men 50m Freestyle Semi-Final
Women 4x200m Freestyle Final
Day 7 Prelims Men 50m Freestyle Men 100m Butterfly
Women 50m Freestyle Women 200m Individual Medley
Men 1500m Freestyle Women 800m Freestyle
Women 4x100m Medley Mixed 4x100m Medley
Men 4x100m Medley
Day 7 Finals Men 100m Butterfly Final Men 50m Freestyle Final
Women 200m Backstroke Final Women 200m Backstroke Final
Women 800m Freestyle Final Men 200m Individual Medley Final
Men 50m Freestyle Semi-Final Men 100m Butterfly Semi-Final
Women 50m Freestyle Semi-Final Women 200m Individual Medley Semi-Final
Mixed 4x100m Medley Final
Day 8 Prelims No session Women 50m Freestyle
Men 1500m Freestyle
Men 4x100m Medley
Women 4x100m Medley
Day 8 Finals Men 50m Freestyle Final Men 100m Butterfly Final
Women 50m Freestyle Final Women 50m Freestyle Semi-Final
Men 1500m Freestyle Final Women 200m Individual Medley Final
Women 4x100m Medley Final Women 800m Freestyle Final
Men 4x100m Medley Final Mixed 4x100m Medley Final
Day 9 Finals No Day 9 Women 50m Freestyle Final
Men 1500m Freestyle Final
Men 4x100m Medley Final
Women 4x100m Medley Final

Swimming Schedule for Paris Only (Finals in Bold)

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Prelims W 100 FLY
W 400 FR
M 100 BR
M 400 FR
W 4×100 FR
M 4×100 FR
M 200 FR
M 400 IM
W 100 BR
M 100 BK
W 200 FR
W 400 IM
W 100 BK
M 800 FR
W 200 FLY
M 100 FR
W 1500 FR
W 100 FR
M 200 BR
M 4×200 FR
W 200 BR
M 200 BK
W 200 FLY
W 200 BK
M 50 FR
M 200 IM
W 4×200 FR
M 100 FLY
W 200 IM
W 800 FR
Mixed 4×100 MR
W 50 FR
M 1500 FR
M 4×100 MR
W 4×100 MR
Off
Finals/Semis W 100 FLY SF
M 400 FR
W 400 FR
M 100 BR SF
W 4×100 FR
M 4×100 FR
M 400 IM
W 100 FLY
M 200 FR SF
W 100 BR SF
M 100 BK SF
M 100 BR
W 200 FR SF
W 400 IM
M 200 FR
W 100 BK SF
M 100 BK 
W 100 BR
W 200 FR
M 100 FR SF
W 200 FLY SF
W 100 BK
M 800 FR
W 100 FR SF
M 200 BR SF
M 4×200 FR
W 100 FR
M 200 FLY
M 200 BR
W 1500 FR
M 200 BK SF
W 200 BR SF
M 200 FLY SF
M 100 FR
W 200 FLY
M 200 BK
W 200 BK SF
W 200 BR
M 200 IM SF
M 50 FR SF
W 4×200 FR
M 50 FR
W 200 BK
M 200 IM
M 100 FLY SF
W 200 IM SF
M 100 FLY
W 50 FR SF
W 200 IM
W 800 FR
Mixed 4×100 MR
W 50 FR
M 1500 FR
M 4×100 MR
W 4×100 MR

With the extended swimming schedule, the 2024 Summer Games is slated to be the first Olympics since 1988 to feature swimming, track, and gymnastics finals on both middle weekend days. The lineup on Saturday, Aug. 3 will include the women’s 800 free final with Ledecky, the men’s 100 fly with Dressel, the men’s shot put, and women’s 100-meter dash along with the end of the decathlon and gymnastics apparatus finals.

With the release of the schedule, we also now have a clear idea of the timing of the events in Paris. Each preliminary session will begin at 11 a.m. local time in Paris, and daily finals will be at 8:30 p.m. That converts to prelims at 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT, and finals at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT.

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Steve Nolan
4 months ago

Some of the relay moves seem weird? Like I get putting both 4x1s on the same night, but then they…didn’t also do that with the 4x2s? (I like the relays being spread out more, having a session w/o a relay is sorta lame.)

NathenDrake
4 months ago

And the prime Milak will only swim 2 individual events. GG.
Unless he starts training foe 200 medley

Troyy
Reply to  NathenDrake
4 months ago

Seems to me like he can do 200 free, 200 fly, 100 fly.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Yes, I missed the 200 free. And luckily the 4×100 free is still on the first day, so he will have testing swim, hopefully two before an individual event.

NathenDrake
4 months ago

THE FEAR FROM MILAK IS MASSIVE.
PUTING THE 200 BUTTERFLY AND 100 FREE ON THE SAME F.CKING DAY.

This schedule is as “masterpiece” as the Ferrari engineers this season.

NathenDrake
4 months ago

Stupid mixing of events, and 200 free and 200 butterfly for the men still on the some days, with 4×200 free relay.

A complete nonsense having the 4×200 final in the same session ans 200 butterfly semis.

Clutch
Reply to  NathenDrake
4 months ago

To me the 800 free final before the 4×200 final is even more critical than 200 butterfly. 800 free is more intense and the gap is considerably shorter.
There will be some swimmers going for the 4×200 free final only an hour or so after the 800 free…Tough double.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Clutch
4 months ago

Nearly impossible…
I think to people who made this schedule are never been top level swimmers, or only swimming 1 event.

Troyy
Reply to  NathenDrake
4 months ago

But they made Ledecky’s schedule completely perfect after her complaints and that’s what matters.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

NOT A SURPRISE AT ALL. But who cares about top male swimmers like MILAK, CHALMERS, Hwang or Németh Nándor. Only Chalmers can rest in the 4*200 free morning session. But Korea or Hungary doesnt have a decent depth. While Milak obviously has to swim “ONLY” the 200 butterfly twice that day with relay.

The project 1:49 for Milak seems impossible for Paris. He has to do that in Japan next year at the Worlds.

Troyy
Reply to  NathenDrake
4 months ago

Unfortunately for Australia Chalmers won’t be swimming the 4×200 going forward so we need to hope someone else steps up because he was our most reliable leg in that relay.

If Milak swims 200 free, 200 fly, 100 fly and Hungary can’t rest him in the heats of the 4×100 and 4×200 I fear he will be toast by the time he gets to the 100 fly final.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

I think the extra one 100 free swim in the relay is not a problem, but in the 200 relay it is a major one.

Awsi Dooger
4 months ago

Titmus will have her meet decided very early. Her two premier events are finished by Day 3. Then she’ll have more rest before the 4 x 200. No excuse for another weak leg there, no matter where they use her. The similarity is the 800 prelims the session following the 4 x 200 final. That was disappointing in Tokyo because Titmus swam so lethargically it placed her several lanes outside Ledecky. I could see the same thing happening again, especially with Grimes’ potential to have caught and passed Titmus’ level in that event.

Clutch
4 months ago

I still don’t think that a 400 IM and 400 free double on the men’s side is possible. Recovery is just too short, especially considering what kind of dogfight the 400 IM in Tokyo were.

THEO
4 months ago

Better late than never. Great improvements.

frug
4 months ago

It’s about time they eliminated that stupid 400 IM/400 Fr double on night 1. There are only 2 individual 400m events per gender, no reason to have them on the same night.

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