FINA has announced the initial qualifying standards for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan**, including the new men’s 800m and women’s 1500m freestyle cuts. A maximum of 28 men and 28 women can be selected from each nation, with 878 Universality Places designated for 2020 edition of the Games.
**The standards still need to be officially ratified by FINA in December of this year before they are distributed to all National Olympic Committees.
The qualification period is March 1st, 2019 through June 29th, 2020.
The priority order for qualification places will be as they have been in the past as follows:
1. All athletes with Olympic Qualifying Times (OQT / “A” Time)
2. Athletes in relays
3. Universality Places
4. Invited athletes who have achieved an Olympic Selection Time (OST / “B” time)
Swimmers will be able to achieve the time standards at a to-be-published FINA-approved qualification event. The calendar of approved meets is set to be published on February 28, 2019.
Additionally, a maximum of 16 teams in each relay event will qualify, with each NOC entering one team in each relay event. The top 12 teams from the 2019 World Championships will be selected, while the remaining 4 to be determined based on times produced between March 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Look for a qualification time analysis post to follow. You can also see the entire FINA Olympic qualification explanation here.