The greatest swimmers in the world have converged on the Tokyo Aquatics Center and they’re ready to compete for the most prestigious international athletics hardware. 

Past medalists Katie Ledecky, Penny Oleksiak, Caeleb Dressel and Brent Hayden will be among the hundreds of swimming stars pursuing bronze, silver and, of course, gold medals. 

The international field this year is particularly stout, with teams like Australia, Great Britain and Russia loaded with talent and swimming titans like Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, Japan’s Daiya Seto and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom representing some of the toughest competition. 

Who will be taking home the most gold medals? Which country will finish with the most hardware? Sporting News is tracking the medal winners in each event and listing the countries that have totaled the most medals in swimming. Totals are ranked by most gold medals. 

MORE: Watch the Olympics live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Olympic swimming results 2021

Men’s events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Freestyle
100 Freestyle Caeleb Dressel (United States)* Kyle Chalmers (Australia) Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia)
200 Freestyle Tom Dean (Great Britain) Duncan Scott (Great Britain) Fernando Scheffer (Brazil)
400 Freestyle Ahmed Hanfaoui (Tunisia) Jack McLoughlin (Australia) Kieran Smith (United States)
800 Freestyle Bobby Finke (United States)* Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine)
1500 Freestyle
100 Backstroke Evgeny Rylov (Russia) Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia) Ryan Murphy (United States)
200 Backstroke Evgeny Rylov (Russia)* Ryan Murphy (United States) Luke Greenback (Great Britain)
100 Breaststroke Adam Peaty (Great Britain) Arno Kamminga (Netherlands) Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy)
200 Breaststroke Zac Stubblety-Cook (Australia) Arno Kamminga (Netherlands) Matti Mattsson (Finland)
100 Butterfly Caeleb Dressel (United States)** Kristof Milak (Hungary) Noe Ponti (Switzerland)
200 Butterfly Kristof Milak (Hungary)* Tomoru Honda (Japan) Federico Burdisso (Italy)
200 Individual Medley Wang Shun (China) Duncan Scott (Great Britain) Jeremy Desplanches (Switzerland)
400 Individual Medley Chase Kalisz (United States) Jay Litherland (United States) Brendon Smith (Australia)
4×100 Freestyle Relay United States Italy Australia
4×200 Freestyle Relay Great Britain Russia Australia
4×100 Medley Relay

* Olympic record

** Olympic and world record

Women’s events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Freestyle
100 Freestyle Emma McKeon (Australia)* Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (Hong Kong) Cate Campbell (Australia)
200 Freestyle Ariarne Titmus (Australia)* Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (Hong Kong) Penny Oleksiak (Canada)
400 Freestyle Ariarne Titmus (Australia) Katie Ledecky (United States) Li Bingjie (China)
800 Freestyle Katie Ledecky (United States) Ariarne Titmus (Australia) Simona Quadarella (Italy)
1500 Freestyle Katie Ledecky (United States) Erica Sullivan (United States) Sarah Kohler (Germany)
100 Backstroke Kaylee McKeown (Australia) Kylie Masse (Canada) Regan Smith (United States)
200 Backstroke Kaylee McKeown (Australia)* Kylie Masse (Canada) Emily Seebohm (Australia)
100 Breaststroke Lydia Jacoby (United States) Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) Lilly King (United States)
200 Breaststroke Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa)** Lilly King (United States) Annie Lazor (United States)
100 Butterfly Maggie Mac Neil (Canada) Zhang Yufei (China) Emma McKeon (Australia)
200 Butterfly Zhang Yufei (China)* Regan Smith (United States) Hali Flickinger (United States)
200 Individual Medley Yui Ohashi (Japan) Alex Walsh (United States) Kate Douglass (United States)
400 Individual Medley Yui Ohashi (Japan) Emma Weyant (United States) Hali Flickinger (United States)
4×100 Freestyle Relay Australia** Canada United States
4×200 Freestyle Relay China** United States Australia
4×100 Medley Relay

* Olympic record

** Olympic and world record

Mixed event

Event Gold Silver Bronze
4×100 Medley Relay Great Britain** China Australia

Overall swimming medal leaders

Pos. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 8 9 9 26
2 Australia 7 3 8 18
3 Great Britain 4 2 1 7
4 China 3 2 1 6
5 Russia 2 2 1 5
6 Japan 2 1 0 3
7 Canada 1 3 1 5
8 South Africa 1 1 0 2
9 Hungary 1 1 0 2
10 Tunisia 1 0 0 1

OLYMPICS MEDAL COUNT: Overall | Team USA

How to watch Olympic swimming events

  • TV channels: NBC (U.S.) | USA Network (U.S.) | CBC (Canada)
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NBC and CBC have the exclusive rights to all Olympic content in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, and as such, each will carry all the swimming events during the 2021 Tokyo Games. 

Fans hoping to stream the events can find them on NBC platforms NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com or Peacock, as well as on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial

TV schedule

With the exception of July 31, each day will begin with heats starting at 6 a.m. ET and will end with finals races starting up at 9:30 p.m. ET each day. The USA Network will carry the heats in the United States and NBC will have the finals, while CBC will provide coverage of both events in Canada. 

Those in the United States hoping to see replays of the qualifying heats can tune into NBC every afternoon to see how swimmers performed earlier in the morning. 

Saturday, July 24

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Sunday, July 25

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Monday, July 26

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Tuesday, July 27

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Wednesday, July 28

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Thursday, July 29

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Friday, July 30

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Saturday, July 31

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Olympic swimming schedule

Swimming fans are going to have days filled with their favorite sport. 

From July 24 through July 30, every day will have heats early in the morning, and semifinals and finals in the evening. On July 31, there will only be five finals races held in the evening to wrap up swimming at the Olympics. Each day, the morning events will begin at 6 a.m. ET, while the evening events begin at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

Saturday, July 24

Morning Evening
Men’s 400 Individual Medley (Heats) Men’s 400 Individual Medley (Finals)
Women’s 100 Butterfly (Heats) Women’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinals)
Men’s 400M Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 400 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 400 Individual Medley (Heats) Women’s 400 Individual Medley (Finals)
Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Heats) Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinals)
Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Heats) Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Finals)

Sunday, July 25

Morning Evening
Women’s 100 Backstroke (Heats) Women’s 100 Butterfly (Finals)
Men’s 200 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Heats) Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinals)
Men’s 100 Backstroke (Heats) Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Finals)
Women’s 400 Freestyle (Heats) Women’s 400 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Heats) Men’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinals)
Women’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinals)
Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

Monday, July 26

Morning Evening
Women’s 200 Freestyle (Heats) Women’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Men’s 200 Butterfly (Heats) Men’s 200 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 200 Individual Medley (Heats) Women’s 100 Backstroke (Finals)
Women’s 1500 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 100 Backstroke (Finals)
Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Finals)
Men’s 200 Butterfly (Semifinals)
Women’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinals)

Tuesday, July 27

Morning Evening
Men’s 100 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Women’s 200 Butterfly (Heats) Women’s 200 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Heats) Men’s 200 Butterfly (Finals)
Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Heats) Women’s 200 Butterfly (Semifinals)
Men’s 800 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinals)
Women’s 200 Individual Medley (Finals)
Women’s 1500 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Finals)

Wednesday, July 28

Morning Evening
Women’s 100 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 800 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 200 Backstroke (Heats) Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Finals)
Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Heats) Women’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Heats) Men’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinals)
Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Heats) Women’s 200 Butterfly (Finals)
Men’s 100 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinals)
Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinals)
Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Finals)

Thursday, July 29

Morning Evening
Women’s 800 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinals)
Men’s 100 Butterfly (Heats) Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Finals)
Women’s 200 Backstroke (Heats) Men’s 200 Backstroke (Finals)
Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay (Heats) Women’s 100 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Finals)
Women’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinals)

Friday, July 30

Morning Evening
Men’s 50 Freestyle (Heats) Men’s 100 Butterfly (Finals)
Women’s 50 Freestyle (Heats) Women’s 200 Backstroke (Finals)
Men’s 1500 Freestyle (Heats) Women’s 800 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay (Heats) Men’s 50 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay (Heats) Women’s 50 Freestyle (Semifinals)
Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay (Finals)

Saturday, July 31

Evening
Men’s 50 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 50 Freestyle (Finals)
Men’s 1500 Freestyle (Finals)
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay (Finals)
Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay (Finals)





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