Tokyo Olympics 2021: What is the Size of Olympic Swimming Pool Length and Depth?

Published 06/23/2021, 1:52 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterdays announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)


The preparations are complete, and the countdown to Tokyo Olympics 2021 is well underway. Notably, swimming is one sport that catches the eyes of many fans around the world.

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The swimming competitions start on July 24th and will go on till August 5th. 37 events will give the fans a reason to be excited. While Michael Phelps is not competing this time around, all eyes will be on Caeleb Dressel to dominate the newspapers.

While countries are conducting trials for athletes to make it to the Olympics, the tournament organizers have completed the establishment of the Aquatics Complex in Japan.

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There are important regulations to be followed, and they built the swimming pools to the requirement of FINA.

Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian reacts after the Men’s 50m Freestyle semifinals in during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) decides the rules and regulations for the event. The International Olympic Community recognized FINA as an administrator for water sports. Other events like Water Polo, Diving, and Synchronized Swimming are also under the control of FINA.

The standard size of an Olympic Swimming Pool

The standard length of a pool comes up to 50 meters, 25 meters in width, and 2 meters deep. The swimming pool would have 2.5 million liters of water with a surface area of approximately 13,000 square feet.

There will be around 10 lanes where one swimmer will compete in eight lanes. A lane is 2.5 meters wide and each swimmer will have a fixed lane.

The lines underneath the pool are there for swimmers to see the endpoint of the pool as it ends 2 meters before the endpoint. The temperature in the water will remain between 25-28 degrees.

Likewise, there are ropes between the lanes to separate the competitors from each other. The people in Japan have used their superlative technology to create a state-of-the-art swimming pool complex.

The organizers subjected Rio Olympics to a lot of criticism because of the lack of clean water in the pool. The water turned green as the competitions progressed while swimmers complained of a foul odor in the pool.

But the organizers have committed to the pools being clean in Japan. Earlier, FINA president Julio Cesar Maglione gave definite approval to the sporting community back before the construction began.

“We are sure that it will be fine here,” said Julio.

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In an interesting snippet, the swimming pool built for the Beijing Olympics was a modern marvel. The pools shifted from the normal 8 lanes to the 10 lanes allowing a buffer lane which proved to be helpful for the swimmers.

They designed it in a way that waves from each lane would not cause a lot of hindrances to the fellow swimmers. It enhanced the speed of the competitors inside the pool because of the above phenomenon. It paved the way as a benchmark for nations to follow while constructing a swimming pool.

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Michael Phelps created history by winning eight gold medals during those games.

Japanese technology has provided us with incredible infrastructure, and it proves to be a successful event. The swimming competitions are some of the most memorable events in Olympic history.

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Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Adam Peaty are some of the famous swimmers who are in contention for the medals. In conclusion, the swimming events are some of the most awaited events in Olympic History. The Tokyo Olympics 2021 is all set to start with a bang.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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