| Event type

200 metres Freestyle, Men

Date25 – 27 July 2021
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants39 from 30 countries

Sun Yang was the 2019 World Champion and the Rio de Janeiro gold medallist but he run afoul of doping controls and could not compete. In his absence there was no clear favorite. Britain’s Duncan Scott had the fastest semi-final qualifier with 1:44.60, followed by American Kieran Smith, Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, and Scott’s teammates, Tom Dean. Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto was the silver medallist in the 200 free at the 2018 Pan Pacs and the 2019 World Championships, and was a hometown favorite, but he finished in a tie for 16th in the heats, and although he won a swim-off, elected not to take part in the semi-finals.

In the final Korea’s Hwang Seon-Wu led through 100 metres, splitting 49.78, and maintained his lead through 150, but he had nothing left and would finish seventh. Behind him Dean and Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer exchanged second and third to 150 metres, while Scott was only sixth at 100 metres, moving up to fourth at 150.

Scott closed the fastest 26.46 for the final 50 metres, as Scheffer faded, but Scott just missed catching Dean, who held on for the gold medal in 1:44.22, only 0.04 seconds ahead of Scott, as Britain went 1-2. Scheffer held on for the bronze, holding off Romania’s David Popovici by 2/100ths of second.

Scott, who had two relay medals from Rio, would add three more medals in Tokyo, with him and Tom Dean helping Great Britain win gold in the 4 x 200 free relay.

1Tom DeanGBR1:45.24 (2 h3)1:45.34 (4 h2)1:44.22 (1)Gold
2Duncan ScottGBR1:45.37 (2 h4)1:44.60 (1 h2)1:44.26 (2)Silver
3Fernando SchefferBRA1:45.05 (1 h4)1:45.71 (3 h1)1:44.66 (3)Bronze
4David PopoviciROU1:45.32 (1 h2)1:45.68 (2 h1)1:44.68 (4)
5Martin MalyutinROC1:45.50 (3 h4)1:45.45 (1 h1)1:45.01 (5)
6Kieran SmithUSA1:46.20 (4 h5)1:45.07 (2 h2)1:45.12 (6)
7Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:44.62 (1 h3)1:45.53 (5 h2)1:45.26 (7)
8Danas RapšysLTU1:45.84 (2 h5)1:45.32 (3 h2)1:45.78 (8)
9Thomas NeillAUS1:45.81 (1 h5)1:45.74 (4 h1)
10Stefano BalloITA1:45.80 (3 h3)1:45.84 (6 h2)
11Antonio DjakovicSUI1:46.37 (6 h3)1:45.92 (7 h2)
12Townley HaasUSA1:45.86 (4 h3)1:46.07 (5 h1)
13Kregor ZirkEST1:46.10 (3 h5)1:46.67 (8 h2)
14Stefano Di ColaITA1:46.67 (4 h4)1:47.19 (6 h1)
15Nándor NémethHUN1:46.19 (5 h3)1:47.20 (7 h1)
16Velimir StjepanovićSRB1:46.26 (2 h2)1:47.62 (8 h1)
=17Lukas MärtensGER1:46.69 (=5 h5)
=17Katsuhiro MatsumotoJPN1:46.69 (=5 h5)
19Jacob HeidtmannGER1:46.73 (3 h2)
20Jordan PothainFRA1:46.75 (5 h4)
21Ji XinjieCHN1:46.86 (6 h4)
22Elijah WinningtonAUS1:46.99 (7 h5)
23Robin HansonSWE1:47.02 (7 h4)
=24Ivan GiryovROC1:47.11 (7 h3)
=24Murilo SartoriBRA1:47.11 (8 h5)
26Alexei SancovMDA1:47.46 (4 h2)
27Denis LoktevISR1:47.68 (5 h2)
28Jonathan AtsuFRA1:47.75 (8 h3)
29Alex SobersBAR1:48.09 (6 h2)
30Dominik KozmaHUN1:48.87 (8 h4)
31Dimitrios MarkosGRE1:49.16 (1 h1)
32Welson SimMAS1:49.24 (7 h2)
33Mikel SchreudersARU1:49.43 (2 h1)
34Baturalp ÜnlüTUR1:49.75 (8 h2)
35Joaquín VargasPER1:49.93 (3 h1)
36Mokhtar Al-YamaniYEM1:49.97 (4 h1)
37Wesley RobertsCOK1:50.41 (5 h1)
38James FreemanBOT1:52.87 (6 h1)
39Audai HassounaLBA1:56.27 (7 h1)

Round One (25 July 2021 — 20:40)

15Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:44.62Q
22Fernando SchefferBRA1:45.05Q
34Tom DeanGBR1:45.24Q
41David PopoviciROU1:45.32Q
54Duncan ScottGBR1:45.37Q
65Martin MalyutinROC1:45.50Q
77Stefano BalloITA1:45.80Q
82Thomas NeillAUS1:45.81Q
94Danas RapšysLTU1:45.84Q
106Townley HaasUSA1:45.86Q
118Kregor ZirkEST1:46.10Q
121Nándor NémethHUN1:46.19Q
133Kieran SmithUSA1:46.20Q
143Velimir StjepanovićSRB1:46.26Q
152Antonio DjakovicSUI1:46.37Q
161Stefano Di ColaITA1:46.67Q
=177Lukas MärtensGER1:46.69
=175Katsuhiro MatsumotoJPN1:46.69
195Jacob HeidtmannGER1:46.73
208Jordan PothainFRA1:46.75
213Ji XinjieCHN1:46.86
226Elijah WinningtonAUS1:46.99
237Robin HansonSWE1:47.02
=243Ivan GiryovROC1:47.11
=241Murilo SartoriBRA1:47.11
268Alexei SancovMDA1:47.46
274Denis LoktevISR1:47.68
288Jonathan AtsuFRA1:47.75
297Alex SobersBAR1:48.09
306Dominik KozmaHUN1:48.87
316Dimitrios MarkosGRE1:49.16
322Welson SimMAS1:49.24
335Mikel SchreudersARU1:49.43
346Baturalp ÜnlüTUR1:49.75
353Joaquín VargasPER1:49.93
362Mokhtar Al-YamaniYEM1:49.97
374Wesley RobertsCOK1:50.41
387James FreemanBOT1:52.87
391Audai HassounaLBA1:56.27

Heat One (20:40)

16Dimitrios MarkosGRE1:49.160.69
25Mikel SchreudersARU1:49.430.65
33Joaquín VargasPER1:49.930.67
42Mokhtar Al-YamaniYEM1:49.970.61
54Wesley RobertsCOK1:50.410.73
67James FreemanBOT1:52.870.73
71Audai HassounaLBA1:56.270.64

Heat Two (20:46)

11David PopoviciROU1:45.320.65Q
23Velimir StjepanovićSRB1:46.260.62Q
35Jacob HeidtmannGER1:46.730.68
48Alexei SancovMDA1:47.460.59
54Denis LoktevISR1:47.680.58
67Alex SobersBAR1:48.090.66
72Welson SimMAS1:49.240.63
86Baturalp ÜnlüTUR1:49.750.63

Heat Three (20:52)

15Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:44.620.61Q
24Tom DeanGBR1:45.240.64Q
37Stefano BalloITA1:45.800.64Q
46Townley HaasUSA1:45.860.71Q
51Nándor NémethHUN1:46.190.62Q
62Antonio DjakovicSUI1:46.370.65Q
73Ivan GiryovROC1:47.110.66
88Jonathan AtsuFRA1:47.750.66

Heat Four (20:58)

12Fernando SchefferBRA1:45.050.68Q
24Duncan ScottGBR1:45.370.65Q
35Martin MalyutinROC1:45.500.69Q
41Stefano Di ColaITA1:46.670.63Q
58Jordan PothainFRA1:46.750.60
63Ji XinjieCHN1:46.860.68
77Robin HansonSWE1:47.020.62
86Dominik KozmaHUN1:48.870.64

Heat Five (21:04)

12Thomas NeillAUS1:45.810.67Q
24Danas RapšysLTU1:45.840.65Q
38Kregor ZirkEST1:46.100.60Q
43Kieran SmithUSA1:46.200.71Q
=57Lukas MärtensGER1:46.690.69
=55Katsuhiro MatsumotoJPN1:46.690.65
76Elijah WinningtonAUS1:46.990.65
81Murilo SartoriBRA1:47.110.66

Swim-Off (21:10)

14Katsuhiro MatsumotoJPN1:46.060.66
25Lukas MärtensGER1:46.400.70

Semi-Finals (26 July 2021 — 10:37)

13Duncan ScottGBR1:44.60Q
21Kieran SmithUSA1:45.07Q
32Danas RapšysLTU1:45.32Q
45Tom DeanGBR1:45.34Q
53Martin MalyutinROC1:45.45Q
64Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:45.53Q
75David PopoviciROU1:45.68Q
84Fernando SchefferBRA1:45.71Q
96Thomas NeillAUS1:45.74
106Stefano BalloITA1:45.84
118Antonio DjakovicSUI1:45.92
122Townley HaasUSA1:46.07
137Kregor ZirkEST1:46.67
148Stefano Di ColaITA1:47.19
157Nándor NémethHUN1:47.20
161Velimir StjepanovićSRB1:47.62

Heat One (10:37)

13Martin MalyutinROC1:45.450.68Q
25David PopoviciROU1:45.680.66Q
34Fernando SchefferBRA1:45.710.66Q
46Thomas NeillAUS1:45.740.66
52Townley HaasUSA1:46.070.71
68Stefano Di ColaITA1:47.190.63
77Nándor NémethHUN1:47.200.62
81Velimir StjepanovićSRB1:47.620.62

Heat Two (10:43)

13Duncan ScottGBR1:44.600.65Q
21Kieran SmithUSA1:45.070.69Q
32Danas RapšysLTU1:45.320.64Q
45Tom DeanGBR1:45.340.64Q
54Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:45.530.60Q
66Stefano BalloITA1:45.840.66
78Antonio DjakovicSUI1:45.920.66
87Kregor ZirkEST1:46.670.60

Final (27 July 2021 — 10:43)

16Tom DeanGBR1:44.220.64
24Duncan ScottGBR1:44.260.66
38Fernando SchefferBRA1:44.660.66
41David PopoviciROU1:44.680.68
52Martin MalyutinROC1:45.010.70
65Kieran SmithUSA1:45.120.69
77Hwang Seon-WuKOR1:45.260.58
83Danas RapšysLTU1:45.780.65