#Tokyo2020 Men’s 200 IM Olympic Final Splits: Wang Hit 27.37 FR to MA’s 30.69


Day 6 Finals Recap

In the first men’s 200 IM Olympic final without 4-time champion Michael Phelps since Sydney 2000, it was China’s Wang Shun who took the Tokyo 2020 Olympic title with an Asian record swim of 1:55.00. Here’s a quick refresher on the top 8 final finish below:

Top 8 Results:

  1. GOLD: Wang Shun (CHN), 1:55.00
  2. SILVER: Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:55.28
  3. BRONZE: Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:56.17
  4. Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:56.22
  5. Michael Andrew (USA), 1:57.31
  6. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:57.40
  7. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:57.68
  8. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.70

Here’s a closer look at the entire men’s 200 IM field’s splits from the Olympic final:

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Men’s 200 IM Final Splits

During the Tokyo Olympic final, Michael Andrew had the fastest fly (24.21) and breast (32.11) splits of the entire field. Meanwhile, champion Wang Shun had the fastest back (29.00) split out of the field, where he touched first at the 100-mark, as well as the fastest free split. Wang (27.37), Scott (27.46), Desplanches (28.45), and Seto (28.58) bested Andrew (30.69) on the freestyle leg, all over-taking him by more than a second at the finish. Notably, Andrew had the slowest splits on both the back (30.30) and free (30.69) portions. The next-slowest free split came from 6th-place finisher Kosuke Hagino, who was able to put together a 29.13 finishing freestyle effort.

Since the prelims of the U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Andrew adopted the bold strategy of taking out the first 150 as fast as he could and push the last 50 as best as he could. It worked relatively well in Omaha, as he lead all three rounds of the IM event before punching his Olympic ticket. Yet Andrew was unable to repeat his 1:55.26 in Tokyo, besting 1:56.40 out of prelims before swimming 1:57.31 in the final.

Looking at the split comparison chart, Andrew’s fly/back/free splits had slightly declined between the 2020 U.S. Trials semifinals, Tokyo prelims, and the Olympic final. In the final, Andrew’s free split of 30.69 was three-tenths slower than his 30.30 back split. At the back-to-breast turn, Wang momentarily had the slight advantage on the entire field thanks to his 29.00 back split, exactly 1.69s faster than Andrew’s closing 50 split. Andrew then re-gained the race advantage by out-splitting Wang on the breast leg by 1.74s, 32.11 to 33.85.

Notably, Wang split 27.37 on the final 50 free to upgrade his Olympic bronze from Rio 2016 to Olympic gold at 1:55.00. Andrew’s closing 50 effort was 30.69, exactly 3.32s from Wang’s split.

Wang – Tokyo Final MA – 2020 U.S. Trials Semi MA – Tokyo Prelims
MA – Tokyo Final
1st 50 24.78 23.90 24.09 24.21
2nd 50 29.00 29.19 29.62 30.30
3rd 50 33.85 32.21 32.66 32.11
4th 50 27.37 29.96 30.03 30.69
Final Time 1:55.00 1:55.26 1:56.40 1:57.31


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1 month ago

notably his backstroke split was the slowest of the field as well.

Reply to  austinpoolboy
1 month ago

eh i think the touchpad registered the time half a second late

Reply to  dddddddd
1 month ago

I think because he failed touch (or barely touched) with his hand on that turn. His split didn’t show up on TV during the race, even though he was top-3 at that turn.

1 month ago

has anyone closed a 200 im sub 27

Reply to  dddddddd
1 month ago

Only cheating China

Reply to  Jeff
1 month ago


Reply to  Jeff
1 month ago

YOU my friend are crazy!!!

Gogo bibi
Reply to  dddddddd
1 month ago

Phelps maybe

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Gogo bibi
1 month ago

Don’t think so, did a quick look and a whole bunch of 27 lows.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Gogo bibi
1 month ago

Phelps never closed it back faster than 27.1 back in 2003

tea rex
1 month ago

He used to breathe every stroke in the fly. That might help

Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

Or just not go so fast, if that is even possible. There’s a lot going on here. Trying different things certainly can’t hurt, but one has to admit you (or your biological family) don’t have all the answers.

1 month ago

MA’s times worsen as the rounds progress. If there were 4 rounds in the IM his last swim would have been over 2 minutes. After 2 unimpressive events at the Olympics he is unlikely to qualify for the finals in the 50 Free. I suspect the semifinal time will be worse than the prelims. Look for a 22.05

1 month ago

I hope he was not trying to change his race strategy and go slower in the first 150 of his race. He needed to replicate the Olympic trials trials swim exactly if he was going to medal. Hopefully it was just the enormity of the biggest stage he was on in an event he was just learning about that caused the outcome we saw. Either way he can learn and grow from this experience and there is no doubt he gave it his best effort.

Reply to  AndySUP
1 month ago

When he was only ahead by 1 second at the final turn I actually thought he had changed his strategy and would find some extra speed, but his free was bad as ever. Maybe his PT strategy is the only strategy that works for him.

1 month ago

Honestly I thought MA may surprise everyone at the final with a totally different strategy. His “fly and die” strategy is known to the world and well studied by his opponents and their coaches. Everyone of them probably figured out a way to beat him. I thought he might pull a surprise out of the bag and catch everyone off guard. Obviously that didn’t happen.

1 month ago

Would have loved to have seen Lazlo medal in his last swim. Had a great career.

Gen D
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

His breaststroke sunk him compared to the field. He would have been in the running for a medal had he been able to nail that leg better

1 month ago

Might be time for a change in MA training regimen. I have severe reservations about him in medley. If he goes 59+, US might not even medal

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