| Event type

200 metres Butterfly, Men

Date26 – 28 July 2021
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants38 from 30 countries

Hungary’s Kristóf Milak was a heavy favorite in this event. He came in as the 2019 World Champion where he had broken Michael Phelps’s 10-year-old world record and Milak was more than two seconds faster than the next active performer. Others expected to challenge for the lesser medals were the 2012 gold medalist Chad le Clos of South Africa and Japan’s Daiyo Seto, the 2018 short-course World Champion. Seto’s teammate, Tomoru Honda, was also watched carefully as he had beaten Seto at Japan’s Olympic Trials in April.

Milak was never challenged, leading the semi-finals by over two seconds, and winning the gold medal by 2½ seconds over Honda. Seto would not qualify for the final and le Clos, who was close to the lead for 100 metres in the final, could not hold on and would finish fifth. The bronze medal went to Italy’s Federico Burdisso, who had recently won silver at the European Championships.

Two days after this final, Milak would win another medal with silver in the 100 fly, trailing American Caeleb Dressel. None of the other 200 finalists would feature in that event.

1Kristóf MilákHUNGold
2Tomoru HondaJPNSilver
3Federico BurdissoITABronze
4Tamás KenderesiHUN
5Chad le ClosRSA
6Leonardo de DeusBRA
7Gunnar BentzUSA
8Krzysztof ChmielewskiPOL
9Zach HartingUSA
10Noè PontiSUI
11Daiya SetoJPN
12Aleksandr KudashevROC
13Eddie WangTPE
14Léon MarchandFRA
15Giacomo CariniITA
16Louis CroenenBEL
17David ThomasbergerGER
18Matthew TempleAUS
19Tomoe HvasNOR
20Antani IvanovBUL
21Denys KesilUKR
22Quah Zheng WenSGP
23Brendan HylandIRL
24Sajan PrakashIND
25Kregor ZirkEST
26Alexei SancovMDA
27Jakub MajerskiPOL
28Mun Seung-WuKOR
29Ihor TroianovskyiUKR
30Ethan du PreezRSA
31Luis VegaCUB
32Ayman KelziSYR
33Matin BalsiniIRI
34Keanan DolsJAM
35David MorganAUS
36Navaphat WongcharoenTHA
37Richard NagySVK
38Simon BachmannSEY