Graphs of the progression of the World Records in all four strokes (50m, 100m and 200m distances).

This is a history of the progression of the World Record for the Swimming event: the 200 Butterfly. It is a listing of the fastest-time-ever swum in the event, in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) swimming pool. These records are maintained/recognized by FINA, which oversees international competitive Aquatics.

The long course records are historically older than the short course records: the long course records go back to at least the 1950s, whereas the short course marks having only been recognized since the early 1990s.

Men

Long course

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:19.0 Mike Troy July 11, 1959 Los Altos, United States
2:16.4 Mike Troy July 11, 1959 Los Altos, United States
2:15.0 Mike Troy July 10, 1960 Evansville, United States
2:13.4 Mike Troy July 23, 1960 Toledo, United States
2:13.2 Mike Troy August 4, 1960 Detroit, United States
2:12.8 Mike Troy September 2, 1960 Rome, Italy
2:12.6 Carl Robie August 19, 1961 Los Angeles, United States
2:12.5 Kevin Berry February 20, 1962 Melbourne, Australia
2:12.4 Carl Robie August 11, 1962 Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:10.8 Carl Robie August 11, 1962 Cuyahoga Falls, United States
2:09.7 Kevin Berry October 23, 1962 Melbourne, Australia
2:08.4 Kevin Berry January 12, 1963 Sydney, Australia
2:08.2 Carl Robie March 18, 1963 Tokyo, Japan
2:06.9 Kevin Berry March 29, 1964 Sydney, Australia
2:06.6 Kevin Berry October 18, 1964 Tokyo, Japan
2:06.4 Mark Spitz July 26, 1967 Winnipeg, Canada
2:06.0 John Ferris August 30, 1967 Tokyo, Japan
2:05.7 Mark Spitz October 8, 1967 West Berlin, West Germany
2:05.4 Mark Spitz August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:05.0 Gary Hall, Sr. August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:03.9 Mark Spitz August 27, 1971 Houston, United States
2:03.3 Hans-Joachim Fassnacht August 31, 1971 Landskrona, Sweden
2:01.87 Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:01.53 Mark Spitz August 2, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:00.70 Mark Spitz August 28, 1972 Munich, West Germany
2:00.21 Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.63 Roger Pyttel June 3, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
1:59.23 Mike Bruner July 18, 1976 Montréal, Québec
1:58.21 Craig Beardsley July 30, 1980 Irvine, United States
1:58.01 Craig Beardsley August 22, 1981 Kiev, Soviet Union
1:57.05 Michael Gross August 26, 1983 Rome, Italy
1:57.04 Jon Sieben August 3, 1984 Los Angeles, United States
1:57.01 Michael Gross June 29, 1985 Wuppertal, West Germany
1:56.65 Michael Gross August 10, 1985 Sofia, Bulgaria
1:56.24 Michael Gross June 28, 1986 Hannover, West Germany
1:55.69 Melvin Stewart January 12, 1991 Perth, Australia
1:55.22 Denis Pankratov June 14, 1995 Canet-en-Roussillon, France
1:55.18 Tom Malchow June 17, 2000 Charlotte, United States
1:54.92 Michael Phelps March 30, 2001 Austin, United States
1:54.58 Michael Phelps July 24, 2001 Fukuoka, Japan
1:53.93 Michael Phelps July 22, 2003 Barcelona, Spain
1:53.80 Michael Phelps August 17, 2006 Victoria, Canada
1:53.71 Michael Phelps February 17, 2007 Columbia, United States
1:52.09 Michael Phelps March 28, 2007 Melbourne, Australia
1:52.03 Michael Phelps August 13, 2008 Beijing, China
1:51.51 Michael Phelps July 29, 2009 Rome, Italy

Short course

Time Swimmer Date Place
1:54.67 Franck Esposito February 1, 1992 Paris, France
1:54.58 Danyon Loader February 6, 1993 Paris, France
1:54.50 Danyon Loader February 9, 1993 Malmö, Sweden
1:54.21 Danyon Loader February 13, 1993 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:53.05 Franck Esposito March 26, 1994 Paris, France
1:52.64 Denis Pankratov February 2, 1997 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
1:51.76 James Hickman March 28, 1998 Paris, France
1:51.58 Franck Esposito January 14, 2001 Antibes, France
1:51.21 Thomas Rupprath December 1, 2001 Rostock, Germany
1:50.73 Franck Esposito December 8, 2002 Antibes, France
1:50.60 Nikolay Skvortsov December 13, 2008 Rijeka, Croatia
1:50.53 Nikolay Skvortsov February 15, 2009 Saint Petersburg, Russia
1:49.11 Kaio de Almeida November 10, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
1:49.04 Chad le Clos August 7, 2013 Eindhoven, Netherlands
1:48.56 Chad le Clos November 5, 2013 Singapore, Singapore

Women

Long course

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:40.5 Nancy Ramey June 29, 1958 Los Angeles, United States
2:38.9 Tineke Lagerberg September 13, 1958 Naarden, Netherlands
2:37.0 Becky Collins July 19, 1959 Redding, United States
2:34.4 Marianne Heemskerk June 12, 1960 Leipzig, East Germany
2:32.8 Becky Collins August 13, 1961 Philadelphia, United States
2:31.2 Sharon Finneran August 19, 1962 Chicago, United States
2:30.7 Sharon Finneran August 25, 1962 Los Altos, United States
2:29.1 Susan Pitt July 27, 1963 Philadelphia, United States
2:28.1 Sharon Stouder July 12, 1964 Los Angeles, United States
2:26.4 Sharon Stouder August 2, 1964 Los Altos, United States
2:26.3 Kendis Moore August 15, 1965 Maumee, United States
2:25.8 Ada Kok August 21, 1965 Leiden, Netherlands
2:25.3 Ada Kok September 12, 1965 Groningen, Netherlands
2:22.5 Ada Kok August 2, 1967 Groningen, Netherlands
2:21.0 Ada Kok August 25, 1967 Blackpool, United Kingdom
2:20.7 Karen Moe July 11, 1970 Santa Clara, United States
2:19.3 Alice Jones August 22, 1970 Los Angeles, United States
2:18.6 Karen Moe August 7, 1971 Santa Clara, United States
2:18.4 Ellie Daniel August 28, 1971 Houston, United States
2:16.62 Karen Moe August 6, 1972 Chicago, United States
2:15.57 Karen Moe September 4, 1972 Munich, West Germany
2:15.45 Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.76 Rosemarie Kother September 8, 1973 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2:13.60 Rosemarie Gabriel March 14, 1976 Tallinn, Soviet Union
2:12.84 Rosemarie Gabriel June 4, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.22 Rosemarie Gabriel June 5, 1976 East Berlin, East Germany
2:11.20 Andrea Pollack April 9, 1978 Leningrad, Soviet Union
2:09.87 Andrea Pollack July 4, 1978 East Berlin, East Germany
2:09.77 Mary T. Meagher July 7, 1979 San Juan, Puerto Rico
2:08.41 Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:07.01 Mary T. Meagher August 16, 1979 Fort Lauderdale, United States
2:06.37 Mary T. Meagher July 30, 1980 Irvine, United States
2:05.96 Mary T. Meagher August 13, 1981 Brown Deer, United States
2:05.81 Susie O'Neill May 17, 2000 Sydney, Australia
2:05.78 Otylia Jędrzejczak August 4, 2002 Berlin, Germany
2:05.61 Otylia Jędrzejczak July 28, 2005 Montreal, Canada
2:05.40 Jessicah Schipper August 17, 2006 Victoria, Canada
2:04.18 Liu Zige August 14, 2008 Beijing, China
2:04.14 Mary Descenza July 29, 2009 Rome, Italy
2:03.41 Jessicah Schipper July 30, 2009 Rome, Italy
2:01.81 Liu Zige October 21, 2009 Jinan, China

Short course

Time Swimmer Date Place
2:05.37 Susie O'Neill February 17, 1999 Malmö, Sweden
2:04.43 Susie O'Neill September 2, 1999 Canberra, Australia
2:04.16 Susie O'Neill January 18, 2000 Sydney, Australia
2:04.04 Yang Yu January 18, 2004 Berlin, Germany
2:03.53 Otylia Jędrzejczak December 13, 2007 Debrecen, Hungary
2:03.12 Yuko Nakanishi February 23, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
2:02.50 Liu Zige November 11, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
2:00.78 Liu Zige November 15, 2009 Berlin, Germany
1:59.61 Mireia Belmonte December 3, 2014 Doha, Qatar

References

  • (Dutch) Zwemkroniek
  • (Italian) Agenda Diana