Who Leads the World Rankings With Less Than 90 Days To Paris? (Men’s Edition)

There are less than a 100 days until the start of the 2024 Olympic Games. There are still plenty of big meets between now and then, including Olympic Trials for the U.S, Australia, Canada, and France. From the season opening World Cup circuit, the 2024 World Championships, and meets like the Australian Open and Berlin Open, athletes have been putting up fast times all season.

And as the spring rolls on and many countries have already held Olympic Trials or closed their qualification period, it’s beginning to become clearer who is going to be a medal threat in Paris and the times that it may take to get into the final, much less onto the podium.

Heading into the next round of senior level international and domestic meets, here is the state of affairs for the men’s events–the top five so far this season so far (September 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024) as well as what the medal table would look like based on this season so far.

Note: There are Russian swimmers included in the top five rankings but none are included in the medal tables. There are two events on the men’s side this affects: the 100 backstroke and 400 IM.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 50 Free

2Benjamin
PROUD
GBR21.2504/06
3Vladyslav
BUKHOV
UKR21.3802/16
4 Josh
LIENDO
CAN21.4805/18
5Gabe
CASTANO
MEX21.6704/13
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Men’s 100 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Free

ZhanleCHN
PAN
02/11
WR 46.80
2Chris
GIULIANO
USA47.4902/25
3Josh
LIENDO
CAN47.5505/16
4Alessandro
MIRESSI
ITA47.6111/30
5Kyle
CHALMERS
AUS47.6304/20
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Men’s 200 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Free

LukasGER
MÄRTENS
04/27
1:44.14
2Sunwoo
HWANG
KOR1:44.4009/27
3Matthew
RICHARDS
GBR1:44.6904/07
4David
POPOVICI
ROU1:44.7405/29
5Duncan
SCOTT
GBR1:44.7504/07
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Men’s 400 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 400 Free

LukasGER
MÄRTENS
04/25
3:40.33
2Elijah
WINNINGTON
AUS3:41.4104/17
3Samuel
SHORT
AUS3:41.6404/17
4 Woomin
KIM
KOR3:42.4206/01
5Oliver
KLEMET
GER3:42.8104/19
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Men’s 800 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 800 Free

DanielIRL
WIFFEN
02/14
7:40.94
2Elijah
WINNINGTON
AUS7:42.9502/14
3Gregorio
PALTRINIERI
ITA7:42.9802/14
4Samuel
SHORT
AUS7:43.9804/19
5Sven
SCHWARZ
GER7:44.2902/14
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Men’s 1500 Freestyle

2023-2024 LCM Men 1500 Free

Daniel IRL
Wiffen
02/18
14:34.07
2Gregorio
PALTRINIERI
ITA14:41.3811/28
3Florian
WELLBROCK
GER14:42.2804/28
4David
AUBRY
FRA14:44.8502/18
5David
BETLEHEM
HUN14:46.4402/18
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Men’s 100 Backstroke

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Back

JiayuCHN
XU
09/26
52.05
2 Thomas
CECCON
ITA52.2710/08
3Miron
Lifinstsev
RUS52.34 WJR04/15
4Hunter
ARMSTRONG
USA52.6802/13
5Oliver
MORGAN
GBR52.7004/03
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Men’s 200 Backstroke

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Back

HugoESP
GONZALEZ
02/16
1:55.30
2Jiayu
XU
CHN1:55.3709/29
3Roman
MITYUKOV
SUI1:55.4002/16
4Bradley
Woodward
AUS1:55.5612/03
5Adam
TELEGDY
HUN1:55.5704/12
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Men’s 100 Breaststroke

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Breast

HaiyangCHN
QIN
10/06
57.69
2Adam
PEATY
GBR57.9404/02
3 Nic
FINK
USA58.5702/12
4Arno
KAMMINGA
NED58.6810/20
5Evgenii
Somov
RUS58.7205/16
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Men’s 200 Breaststroke

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Breast

IppeiJPN
WATANABE
03/21
2:06.94
2 Haiyang
QIN
CHN2:07.0309/28
3YU
HANAGURUMA
JPN2:07.0703/21
3YAMATO
FUKASAWA
JPN2:07.0702/17
5Zac
Stubblety-Cook
AUS2:07.4006/14
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Men’s 100 Butterfly

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Fly

JoshCAN
Liendo
05/19
50.06
2 Noe
PONTI
SUI50.1604/06
3Matthew William
Temple
AUS50.2512/03
4Kristof
MILAK
HUN50.7506/02
5Caeleb
DRESSEL
USA50.8404/12
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Men’s 200 Butterfly

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Fly

TomoruJPN
HONDA
09/29
1:53.15
2Kristof
MILAK
HUN1:53.9406/01
3Genki
Terakado
JPN1:54.0703/21
4 Ilya
KHARUN
CAN1:54.4105/17
5Kuan-Hung
WANG
TPE1:54.5309/29
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Men’s 200 IM

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 IM

ShunCHN
Wang
09/24
1:54.62
2Leon
MARCHAND
FRA1:55.7405/24
3Duncan
SCOTT
GBR1:55.9104/05
4Shaine
CASAS
USA1:56.0611/30
5Finlay
Knox
CAN1:56.0705/18
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Men’s 400 IM

2023-2024 LCM Men 400 IM

LewisNZL
CLAREBURT
05/11
4:08.71
2 Max
LITCHFIELD
GBR4:09.1404/04
3Alberto
RAZZETTI
ITA4:09.2911/30
4Ilya
BORODIN
RUS4:09.5904/18
5Tomoru
HONDA
JPN4:09.9811/30
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Medal Table

Note: Organized by number of gold, then silver, then bronze. Caeleb Dressel (USA) and Hubert Kos (Hungary) are tied for third in the 100 butterfly world rankings, which counts as a “bronze” for both for the purposes of this table. 

More than anything, this medal table serves as a reflection of the training cycles of each country and which have already held their Olympic Trials. The top three countries on this table–China, Japan, and Germany–have all closed their Olympic qualification periods.

China and Germany’s qualification windows both closed at the end of this month with their national championships. However all of China’s four top times of the season come from earlier in the year; the most recent was Pan Zhanle‘s 100 freestyle world record in Doha. Qin Haiyang (100 breast), Xu Jiayu (100 back), and Wang Shun (200 IM) all swam their top times in the fall at either the Asian Games or in Qin’s case, on the World Cup circuit. September’s Asian Games were a home meet for China and some swimmers prioritized that meet in 2023.

On the flip side, Germany’s top times, courtesy of Lukas Märtens, all came from the 22-year-old’s performances at German Championships at the end of April.

Similarly, the British men’s rankings in the top five all come from their Olympic Trials. There, Ben Proud, Duncan Scott, Matt Richards, Tom Dean, Adam Peaty, Oliver Morgan, and Max Litchfield all swam top five times in the world, with Litchfield taking the top time in the men’s 400 IM. Great Britain’s men are tied in the medal table with the Australian men, who haven’t had their Trials yet.

Irish swimmers have one last opportunity to earn qualifying times at the end of May at the Irish Open Championships. Like Germany, their two “golds” are thanks to one swimmer, in their case Daniel Wiffen, who swept the distance events at the 2024 World Championships.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 4 2 6
Japan 2 1 1 4
Germany 2 1 3
Ireland 2 2
Australia 1 3 1 5
Great Britain 1 3 1 5
Switzerland 1 1 2
Spain 1 1
Italy 3 2 5
United States 1 4 5
South Korea 1 1
Hungary 1 1
New Zealand 1 1
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 1 1

15 countries are represented on this hypothetical medal table. That is only one less than the 16 countries who medalled in the individual men’s events at the 2020 Olympics. The countries on this list that did not medal in Tokyo are Ireland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), and New Zealand. At the 2020 Games, the U.S that led the men’s individual events medal table with six gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

From a total medals lens, China still leads the table with six. But four countries–Australia, Great Britain, Italy, and the U.S–all follow with five entries in the top three of the world rankings. Neither Australia nor the U.S have held their Olympic Trials yet.

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John26
1 month ago

Stray thoughts:

– Past few US Olympic trials have seen a big name veteran missing out: Lochte, Adrian, coughlin, etc. I wonder who’s going to miss out this year. Candidates: Kalisz, Andrew, Manuel, Smoliga, Murphy, Fink, Dressel are all candidates.

– thinking back, the London 2012 Olympics were stellar. We had a surprising high number of WRs and/or peak performances by individuals who were not medalists the previous year: Gyurta, Van Der Burgh, Agnel, Schmitt, Adrian, Ledecky, LeClos. I remember thinking that almost half the races were won in somewhat of an upset vs expectations coming into the meet. I don’t think any international meet since (in my opinion) has met that caliber of suprise + top level times… Read more »

Lisa
Reply to  John26
1 month ago

Those candidates with Murphy, Fink and Dressel is pretty much gonna be on the team especially Dressel in the 100 fly with relay. I have my doubt on the other four but Manuel seems to be doing well to qualify for the relay and after last year I’m not convinced about Andrew at all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lisa
OldManSwims
1 month ago

As a Canadian fan, disappointing to see Finlay Knox 2IM gold medal time from Qatar already dropped outside the top 5. Any other 2024 “World Champions” outside the top 5 right now?

Troyy
Reply to  OldManSwims
1 month ago

Dong (M200BR), Ribeiro (M100FL), Stephens (W200FL) and Colbert (W400IM) are all not ranked top five.

Greg P
Reply to  OldManSwims
1 month ago

By the time USA/Australia/Canada/France trials are completed, most Doha winning times will be outside top 5, the exceptions are probably:

Men’s 1500 free, 200 fly

Women’s 50 fr, 200 br, 200 IM

Oh, and also Pan’s 100 free WR but that’s relay lead off. His individual 100 free winning time 47.53 will be outside top 5.

anty75
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Marrit Steenbergen’s 52.26 in 100 free was also pretty impressive, can’t imagine 5 girls beating this time before Olympics

Greg P
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

Haughey, MOC, Jack, Harris, McKeon, Douglas, and Marritt herself during pre-Olympics race.

anty75
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Haughey already is ahead, MOC certainly will also be faster. But I doubt about others…

Greg P
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

So just needs 4 girls then since Haughey is already ahead

Troyy
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Marrit has no reason to be that fast again until Paris.

Greg P
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I mean, there’s also no reason for Kaylee and ZSC to break WRs in small meets and they did.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

In regard to the W 200 BR, let’s wait for the results from a fully tapered Lilly King.

Sub13
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

The winning time in Doha was 2:19.8. You think Lilly King is dropping a 1.2 second PB before Paris? And that two other swimmers will join her?

relays are fun
Reply to  Sub13
26 days ago

You missed by a decimal, Sub13. Lilly’s PB is 2:19.92 from Tokyo Games. Thus, Lilly would need a PB by 0.12, not 1.2, to reach the Doha winning time.

Rafael
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Kim time only if Costa and Hafnaoui drop something, if not them, no one can

Sub13
Reply to  OldManSwims
1 month ago

Some of the times are still in the top 5 but have been absolutely destroyed. W400IM is 6 seconds slower than the season top time. W200 back is 2 seconds slower.

Anne
1 month ago

Where’s leon marchand?

Greg P
Reply to  Anne
1 month ago

Right now possibly training with uncle Bob.

Last edited 1 month ago by Greg P
Carrillo
1 month ago

I find it interesting how specific the ability is to perform at the top level at any given distance in men’s freestyle. There is no overlap between anybody in the top 5 between the 50, 100, 200, and 400. People are really having to home in on one event to remain competitive.

Last edited 1 month ago by Carrillo
Greg P
Reply to  Carrillo
1 month ago

This is just a very recent phenomenon. Also, you have to wait until trials and Olympics to say for certain that there’s no overlap.

Van Den Hoogenband used to be top 3 in 50/100/200

Thorpe used to be top 3 in 100/200/400

Hackett used to be top 3 in 200/400/800/1500. Ditto Sun Yang and Park Tae Hwan.

I think Popovici will be top 5 in 100/200. Ditto Matt Richards. Jack Alexy could be top 5 in 50/100.

anty75
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

And Dressel should be also after trials

Sub13
Reply to  Carrillo
1 month ago

Aside from Martens who is #1 in the 200 and 400?

Greg P
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

And Elijah Winnington who is #2 in 400 and 800

kevin
1 month ago

its a fun report though it will change dramatically after the Aussie and us trials . What d we do with China ???

commonwombat
Reply to  kevin
1 month ago

US Trial = most definitely

AUS = much less so; those who are likely to contend have already identified themselves.

Sub13
Reply to  commonwombat
1 month ago

But the Australians are still going to shake up the rankings. W50-800 free should all be rocked by trials, Kaylee won’t announce herself in any event but might improve her times, M50-800 free could all have better times recorded and move the rankings, M/W100 fly etc.

Zaj
1 month ago

Corrections:-

Xu Jiayu had clocked 51.91 in 100m backstroke at last september asian games in Mixed 4x100m medley relays on 27/09/2023

anty75
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

Mixed relays times even on the first leg don’t count as records

Greg P
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

This is not the list of records

This is the list of fastest times this season.

anty75
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Yes but the reasoning why they don’t count as fastest times is the same

Greg P
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

No, Swimswam is not the World Aquatics or USA SWIMMING. Swimswam is not official body of swimming.

Swimming fans and Swimming sites acknowledged Lisbeth Trickett’s 52.99 to lead off Australia mixed free relay in 2007 Duel in the Pool swimming against Phelps as the first time a female swimmer swam under 53. even Wikipedia acknowledged it.

It was however not recognized by FINA or Swimming Australia as a record.

Xu Jiayu 51.91 was not DSQ, so it was a legit swim.

anty75
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

Well, women’s times when swimming against men you can certainly acknowledge as legitimate results but not vice versa. Swimming in clear water has obvious advantages)

Greg P
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

You certainly can ignore Xu Jiayu 51.91 and pretend it doesn’t exist.

But some of us can also acknowledge Xu Jiayu 51.91 exists and we won’t be surprised if he swims sub 52 in Paris.

Zaj
Reply to  anty75
1 month ago

Please be informed that stated in the article 52.05 was the time xu clocked came from medley relay. He clocked 52.23 in the 100m backstroe individual event at asian game. In mixed medley relays he clocked even faster 51.91secs.

Hank
1 month ago

400free and 1500fr WRs are going down this year. 50fr, 200fr and 800fr will remain. Of these 200fr most likely to fall if Popovici finds his form. 200 back? Probably not. Any other super suited WRs remaining? Relays?

Alice
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

4×100 and 4×200 relays still remain. I think it is quite likely that 4×200 will be broken, China, GBR, USA, and South Korea will all be fighting for podium spots.

Sub13
Reply to  Alice
1 month ago

And AUS. Australia’s relay last year was only 0.3 off Chinese record and 0.4 of Korean record, and have gained a 1:44 flat start since then

L m
1 month ago

List is not without errors to say the least.
Just look at your report on the two Israeli men Paris qualifiers in the 50 free. And many more.

Sub13
Reply to  L m
1 month ago

What are you talking about? There are no Israelis on any of the lists

LDM
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

When you take a closer look at the larger list (over the first 5) you may find many errors (Meiron Cheruti 21.89 from the April Eindhoven meeting to name one – don’t worry there are many like these).
Basically, the SwimSwam ranking is not up-to-date.

Greg P
Reply to  LDM
1 month ago

Meiron Cheruti 21.89 is ranked 24th this season.

NOWHERE close to top 5.

If you say many like this, bring it and I will refute it easily.

Winter Apple
Reply to  LDM
1 month ago

Can you read? Shoot you don’t even need to know how to read, can you see numbers and tell which ones are bigger or smaller?

Greg P
Reply to  L m
1 month ago

Huh?

What are you talking about?

No Israeli man is anywhere near top 5 in 50 free, or any other events.

And what exactly are ‘many more’s?

Care to elaborate?

Last edited 1 month ago by Greg P
LDM
Reply to  Greg P
1 month ago

When you take a closer look at the larger list (over the first 5) you may find many errors (Meiron Cheruti 21.89 from the April Eindhoven meeting to name one – don’t worry there are many like these).
Basically, the SwimSwam ranking is not up-to-date.

Greg P
Reply to  LDM
1 month ago

Meiron Cheruti 21.89 is ranked 24th this season.

NOWHERE close to top 5.

If you say many like this, bring it and I will refute it easily.

This Guy
Reply to  LDM
1 month ago

The article is about top 5 swims in each event. They aren’t going through and verifying all times. They are just going off of a database. Relax weirdo

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