Olympics swimming schedule: Day-by-day TV coverage to watch every event at 2021 Tokyo Games

A year later than expected, but fans are ready none the less: Olympic swimming is back. 

It was a thrilling 2016 Rio Games, from Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak tying in the 100 meter freestyle and Katie Ledecky setting two new world records, to the outstanding Olympic debut of Ryan Murphy and the final Olympics for Michael Phelps. 

This year is expected to deliver some more exciting action. Canada’s Kylie Masse and Oleksiak are strong contenders for Olympic gold, while the U.S. looks to have a stout roster once again with Ledecky, Murphy and Caeleb Dressel all expected to have big performances in the pool of the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. 

Sporting News has you covered for how to watch all the events over the week of swimming action, from the morning’s heats to the evening’s finals. All dates and times are according to Eastern Standard Time. 

How to watch Olympic swimming

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. 

Olympics swimming schedule 2021

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

Sunday, July 25

Monday, July 26

Tuesday, July 27

Wednesday, July 28

Thursday, July 29

Friday, July 30

Saturday, July 31

Olympic swimming events schedule

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

From July 24-30, 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

Sunday, July 25

Monday, July 26

Tuesday, July 27

Wednesday, July 28

Thursday, July 29

Friday, July 30

Saturday, July 31

Olympic swimming entry times – men

Olympic swimming entry times – women


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