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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016
Events: 34

Participants: 942 (504 men and 438 women) from 173 countries
Youngest Participant: NEP Gaurika Singh (13 years, 255 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Therèse Alshammar (38 years, 352 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Michael Phelps (6 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (33 medals)


The swimming events took place mostly in the newly built Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the Olympic Park. The open water swims were held at Fort Copacabana Bay, and in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, there was controversy about the water quality and concerns for safety of the swimmers. This turned out to be a non-factor as the water was cleaned up prior to the Olympics, and the swimmers who competed had no significant complaints.

The United States was the dominant nation, winning 33 medals and 16 gold medals, from the 34 available events. It led both the men’s and women’s tables, as the men won 17 medals and 8 golds, and the women won 16 medals and 8 golds. In a measure of absolute dominance the Americans also won the most silver medals and the most bronze medals in both genders. Australia was the next best nation, winning 10 medals and 3 golds, while Hungary, led by [Katinka Hosszú], won 7 medals and 3 golds. Japan also won 7 medals, with 2 golds.

Eight world records were set in swimming at Rio de Janeiro, two by [Adam Peaty] in the heats and final of the 100 breaststroke, and two by [Katie Ledecky], in the 400 and 800 metre freestyles. The other world records were by [Sarah Sjoström] in the 100 fly, by [Katinka Hosszú] in the 400IM, by the Australian women in the 4x100 freestyle relay, and by [Ryan Murphy] in the 100 backstroke, set on the opening leg of the medley relay final.

[Michael Phelps] came out of retirement in 2015 with an eye towards competing in Rio, and he was successful again, winning 6 medals with 5 golds, bringing his career totals to 23 gold medals and 28 medals in all. American female distance star [Katie Ledecky] won 4 gold medals, and 5 medals in all, while Hungary’s Hosszú won 3 gold medals and a silver. Surprising Canadian [Penny Oleksiak], who had just turned 16-years-old shortly before Rio and was relatively unknown prior to 2016, won 1 gold and 4 medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 50 metres Freestyle USA Anthony Ervin FRA Florent Manaudou USA Nathan Adrian
Men's 100 metres Freestyle AUS Kyle Chalmers BEL Pieter Timmers USA Nathan Adrian
Men's 200 metres Freestyle CHN Sun Yang RSA Chad le Clos USA Conor Dwyer
Men's 400 metres Freestyle AUS Mack Horton CHN Sun Yang ITA Gabriele Detti
Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle ITA Gregorio Paltrinieri USA Connor Jaeger ITA Gabriele Detti
Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay USA United States FRA France AUS Australia
Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay USA United States GBR Great Britain JPN Japan
Men's 100 metres Backstroke USA Ryan Murphy CHN Xu Jiayu USA David Plummer
Men's 200 metres Backstroke USA Ryan Murphy AUS Mitch Larkin RUS Yevgeny Rylov
Men's 100 metres Breaststroke GBR Adam Peaty RSA Cameron van der Burgh USA Cody Miller
Men's 200 metres Breaststroke KAZ Dmitry Balandin USA Josh Prenot RUS Anton Chupkov
Men's 100 metres Butterfly SGP Joseph Schooling USA Michael Phelps
HUN László Cseh
RSA Chad le Clos
Men's 200 metres Butterfly USA Michael Phelps JPN Masato Sakai HUN Tamás Kenderesi
Men's 200 metres Individual Medley USA Michael Phelps JPN Kosuke Hagino CHN Wang Shun
Men's 400 metres Individual Medley JPN Kosuke Hagino USA Chase Kalisz JPN Daiya Seto
Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay USA United States GBR Great Britain AUS Australia
Men's 10 kilometres Open Water NED Ferry Weertman GRE Spyros Gianniotis FRA Marc-Antoine Olivier
Women's 50 metres Freestyle DEN Pernille Blume USA Simone Manuel BLR Aleksandra Gerasimenya
Women's 100 metres Freestyle CAN Penny Oleksiak
USA Simone Manuel
SWE Sarah Sjöström
Women's 200 metres Freestyle USA Katie Ledecky SWE Sarah Sjöström AUS Emma McKeon
Women's 400 metres Freestyle USA Katie Ledecky GBR Jazz Carlin USA Leah Smith
Women's 800 metres Freestyle USA Katie Ledecky GBR Jazz Carlin HUN Boglárka Kapás
Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay AUS Australia USA United States CAN Canada
Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay USA United States AUS Australia CAN Canada
Women's 100 metres Backstroke HUN Katinka Hosszú USA Kathleen Baker CHN Fu Yuanhui
CAN Kylie Masse
Women's 200 metres Backstroke USA Maya DiRado HUN Katinka Hosszú CAN Hilary Caldwell
Women's 100 metres Breaststroke USA Lilly King RUS Yuliya Yefimova USA Katie Meili
Women's 200 metres Breaststroke JPN Rie Kaneto RUS Yuliya Yefimova CHN Shi Jinglin
Women's 100 metres Butterfly SWE Sarah Sjöström CAN Penny Oleksiak USA Dana Vollmer
Women's 200 metres Butterfly ESP Mireia Belmonte AUS Madeline Groves JPN Natsumi Hoshi
Women's 200 metres Individual Medley HUN Katinka Hosszú GBR Siobhan-Marie O'Connor USA Maya DiRado
Women's 400 metres Individual Medley HUN Katinka Hosszú USA Maya DiRado ESP Mireia Belmonte
Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay USA United States AUS Australia DEN Denmark
Women's 10 kilometres Open Water NED Sharon van Rouwendaal ITA Rachele Bruni BRA Poliana Okimoto