2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Women’s 200 butterfly
- World Record: Liu Zige (CHN) – 2:01.81 (2009)
- Olympic Record: Jiao Liuyang (CHN) – 2:04.06 (2012)
- World Junior Record: Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) – 2:06.29 (2017)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) – 2:04.85
China’s Zhang Yufei leads the charge in the women’s 200 fly heading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She posted a 2:05.44 at the first Chinese Olympic Trials, the top time in the world this year.
This time is nearly 2 seconds faster than the time that earned her 6th at the Rio Olympics.
Sprint free and fly specialist Zhang has been on fire in this event this season. She broke 2:06.00 for the first time in January and crushed that lifetime best at the Chinese Olympic Trials in May.
Team USA’s Hali Flickinger is the only other woman to crack 2:06.00 in the event this season. She posted a lifetime best time of 2:05.85 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, also nearly 2 seconds faster than the time she posted in the 2016 Olympic final.
She placed 7th in the event in Rio.
2019 World Champion Boglarka Kapas of Hungary swam a lifetime best 2:06.50 at the 2021 European Championships to win gold. This time ranks her 3rd in the event in the world this season.
The 200 fly was a new focus for Kapas in 2018, as she competed in distance freestyle at the last three Olympic Games.
She won gold at the European Championships in the event and expressed her love for the 200 fly in her post-race interview, calling it “short” compared to her usual specialty event. This will be her first time racing the event on an Olympic stage.
19-year-old Regan Smith of Team USA is also towards the top of this season’s world rankings, sitting in 5th. Her season-best time is 2:06.99 from the U.S. Olympic Trials, but Smith swam a 2:06.39 at the Pro Swim Series in 2020.
The 200 back World Record holder will have a lighter event lineup than expected after she placed 3rd in the 200 back final at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 back and 200 fly.
Both have officially made the Chinese Olympic team, but the roster does not post the events of each swimmer. It will most likely be Liyan who joins Zhang in representing China in this event after she placed second at the Chinese Olympic Trials.
Keep your eye on Great Britain’s Laura Stephens, though. 21-year-old Stephens posted a lifetime best 200 fly time of 2:07.04 in June to become the 4th all-time fastest British performer. This ranks her 7th in the world this season.
Brianna Throssell of Australia is one of three women from the 2016 Olympic final who are among the top 8 in the world this season (including Zhang and Flickinger.) She finished 8th in 2016, and is ranked 8th in the world this season with a time of 2:07.20.
That time is right on her lifetime best, 2:07.19, from the 2016 Olympic semifinal.
At the 2019 World Championships, she placed 8th in the 800 and 1500 free, while she missed the final in the 400 free, 400 IM and 200 fly.
Belmonte has qualified for the Tokyo Games in the 800 free and 1500 free. She could still add the 400 IM or 200 fly to her event lineup, pending approval from the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN) selectors.
The top two fastest 200 fly times since Rio are from the 2017 World Championships where Belmonte won gold (2:05.26) ahead of silver medallist Franziska Hentke of Germany (2:05.39).
Hentke‘s best time this year is 2:09.68 from April.
Also in that top five is Great Britain’s Alys Thomas who swam a season-best time of 2:08.09 in April. She won the event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a time of 2:05.45.
Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa posted a blistering 2:06.29 back in 2017, the 7th fastest time in the world since Rio, but her season-best time stands at 2:07.24. This ranks her 9th in the world this season.
But, Hasegawa still has a solid chance of placing well in the finals. She is undefeated in the 200 short course meter fly in her ISL career. She will also be competing in her home country and time zone.
Hasegawa made the semifinals in Rio, but placed 9th with a time of 2:07.33 and missed the final.
Top Times During 2016-2021 Olympic Cycle
|1||Mireia Belmonte||ESP||2:05.26||2017 World Championships|
|2||Franziska Hentke||GER||2:05.39||2017 World Championships|
|3||Zhang Yufei||CHN||2:05.44||2021 Chinese National Championships|
|4||Alys Thomas||GBR||2:05.45||2018 Commonwealth Games|
|5||Hali Flickinger||USA||2:05.85||U.S. Olympic Trials|
SwimSwam’s Top 8
|Place||Swimmer||Country||Best Time Since 2016 Olympics|