Men’s 200m Butterfly – Long Course

World’s Best 200m Butterfly Swimmers – Men’s Long Course

World Record: Kristof Milak 1:50.34
Olympic Record: Kristof Milak 1:51.25
World Junior Record: Kristof Milak 1:50.34
Commonwealth Record: Chad Le Clos 1:52.96

Top 8 All-time Performers:

  1. Kristof Milak (24.19, 27.70, 28.62, 29.83) 1:50.34
  2. Michael Phelps (24.76, 28.12, 29.05, 29.58) 1:51.51 
  3. Leon Marchand (25.42, 28.17, 29.56, 29.28) 1:52.43
  4. Daiya Seto (24.72, 28.64, 28.98, 30.19) 1:52.53
  5. Tomoru Honda (25.52, 28.51, 29.00, 29.67) 1:52.70
    Laszio Cseh (25.58, 29.01, 28.80, 29.31)1:52.70
  6. Chad Le Clos (25.27, 28.79, 29.70, 29.20) 1:52.96
  7. Takeshi Matsuda (25.58, 28.83, 29.17, 29.39) 1:52.97

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The chart below compares the World’s best 200m Butterfly swimmers. Swimmers and coaches can looks at the individual Splits, Stroke Counts and the first 50m split compared to swimmers 50m PB. All swim data has been collected from our team reviewing race footage where possible.

Men's 200m Butterfly - Long Course
Kristof MilakMichael PhelpsLeon MarchandDaiya SetoTomoru HondaLaszio CsehChad Le ClosTakeshi Matsuda
Height:6ft 3in 1.90m6ft 4in 1.93m6ft 0 in 183cm5 ft 9 in 174cm5 ft 8in 172cm6 ft 2 in 188cm6 ft 2 in 189cm6 ft 0 in 184cm
Weight:183lb 83kg194lb 88kg170lb 77kg165Ib 75kg181Ib 82kg185Ib 84kg179Ib 81kg
Country:HungaryUSAFRAJPNJPNHUNRSAJPN
DOB:2000-02-20 1985-06-30 2002-05-171994-05-24 2001-12-311985-12-03 1992-04-12 1984-06-23
Meet:19th FINA World Championships 202213th FINA World Championships 2009World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023FINA Champions Swim Series 20202022 Japan Nationals ChampionshipsOlympic Games Beijing 2008Olympic Games London 2012Olympic Games Beijing 2008
1st 50m Split
Strokes161718151617
Split Time:24.1924.7625.4224.7225.5225.5825.2725.58
50m PB:23.6123.3624.6724.5824.6123.0623.2324.37
Time off 50m PB:1.051.400.750.140.912.522.041.21
Percentage of 50m PB:104.447%105.993%103.040%100.570%103.698%110.928%108.782%104.965%
2nd 50m Split27.7028.1228.1728.6428.5129.0128.7928.83
Strokes171821161819
Split Time:51.8952.8853.5953.3654.0354.5928.7954.41
3rd 50m Split28.6229.0529.5628.9829.0028.8029.7029.17
Strokes182021172020
Split Time:1:20.511:21.931:23.151:22.341:23.031:23.391:23.761:23.58
4th 50m Split29.8329.5829.2830.1929.6729.3129.2029.39
Strokes192123182022
Total Time:1:50.341:51.511:52.431:52.531:52.701:52.701:52.961:52.97

Here is Kristof Milak’s  200m Butterfly World Record swim to view.

And here is Kristof Milak’s previous World Record for comparison.

Here is the list of the Men’s 100m Butterfly Long Course.

Leading the pack is Kristof Milak, whose extraordinary time of 1:50.34 sets him apart. Milak’s performance is marked by exceptional pacing and a remarkable ability to accelerate during the final 50 meters. This strategic approach not only demonstrates his stamina but also his tactical brilliance, allowing him to secure a dominant position in the field.

Michael Phelps, a name synonymous with swimming greatness, clocks in at 1:51.51. Phelps showcases his historical strength—starting explosively with a 24.76 in the opening 50 meters. His early speed often gives him a crucial advantage. While he may not have the fastest overall time, his ability to dictate the tempo early in the race has been a hallmark of his success.

Leon Marchand’s 1:52.43 is a testament to his well-rounded abilities. His splits reveal a balanced approach, reflecting both speed and endurance. Marchand maintains consistency across the four segments, making him a formidable competitor in a field known for its fierce competition.

Daiya Seto, with a time of 1:52.53, exhibits exceptional initial speed, setting a rapid pace in the first 100 meters. However, his final 50 meters show a slight deceleration. Analyzing Seto’s performance highlights the delicate balance swimmers must strike between an aggressive start and conserving energy for the finish.

Tomoru Honda’s 1:52.70 underscores his ability to maintain a steady and disciplined pace throughout the race. His approach ensures a competitive time in a sport where even slight variations in pacing can lead to significant differences in results.

Laszlo Cseh, also at 1:52.70, demonstrates the importance of well-distributed effort. His split times are balanced, showcasing his experience and adaptability to various race scenarios.

Chad Le Clos’s 1:52.96 is marked by consistent splits, highlighting his endurance and tenacity. This steady approach often places him in contention, showcasing his ability to maintain performance under pressure.

Takeshi Matsuda’s 1:52.97 indicates his competitive spirit and well-rounded performance. His split times, similar to Le Clos, reflect a reliable and calculated approach to the race.

In summary, the analysis reveals that each swimmer in this elite group employs a distinct strategy, capitalizing on their strengths while managing their weaknesses. These nuances contribute to the fascinating and highly competitive nature of the 200m Butterfly event, offering fans a dynamic and suspenseful spectacle in the world of swimming.

Note: World’s Best Men’s 200m Butterfly – Long Course Update July 2024

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