Tokyo Olympics 2020 Swimming Schedule: Where to Watch Live Coverage in US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Others

Published 07/23/2021, 3:36 PM EDT
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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 swimming events start on July 24th. The Olympics is back again after a 5-year gap because of the ongoing pandemic. Thus, no fans would be allowed inside the venues according to strict rules by the Japanese government.

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Moreover, swimming events this year would be an ongoing battle between different nations in the world. The amount of talent available this time around is quite incredible.

As usual, the USA looks to lead the medal charts while Australia proves to be an able contender. The complete schedule to watch the events are available on different sites as well.

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When and where to watch swimming events?

Following is the schedule of swimming events with local time and US time.

Saturday, July 24

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 400m IM, 400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke

Women: 100m Butterfly, 400m IM, 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men:400m IM, 400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke (Semifinals)

Women: 100m Butterfly (Semifinal), 400m IM, 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Sunday, July 25

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Women: 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC) 

Men: 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke (Semifinals), 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 100m Breaststroke

Women:100m Butterfly,100m Backstroke (Semifinals), 100m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle

Monday, July 26

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 200m Butterfly

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Women: 200m Freestyle, 200m IM, 1500m Freestyle

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke,200m Butterfly (Semifinals)

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Women: 200m Freestyle (Semifinal), 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m IM (Semifinals)

Tuesday, July 27

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 100m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 4x200m Freestyle Relay, 800m Freestyle

Women: 200m Butterfly

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 100m Freestyle (Semifinals), 200m Butterfly,200m Breaststroke (Semifinals), 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Women:200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 200m IM, 1500m Freestyle

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Wednesday, July 28

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 200m Backstroke, 200m IM

Women: 100m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 800m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke,200m Backstroke (Semifinals), 100m Freestyle, 200m IM (Semifinals)

Women: 100m Freestyle (Semifinals), 200m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke (Semifinals), 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Thursday, July 29

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 100m Butterfly

Women: 800m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke Mixed: 4x100m Medley Relay

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 100m Butterfly (Semifinals), 200m Backstroke, 200m IM

Women: 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke

Friday, July 30

Heats (6 a.m., USA)

Men: 50m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay

Women: 50m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 100m Butterfly,50m Freestyle (Semifinals)

Women: 200m Backstroke, 800m Freestyle,50m Freestyle (Semifinals Mixed): 4x100m Medley Relay

Saturday, July 31

Finals (9:30 p.m., NBC)

Men: 50m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay

Women: 50m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay

Tuesday, August 3

Women’s Open Water 10km (5:30 p.m., NBCSN)

Wednesday, August 4

Men’s Open Water 10km (5:30 p.m., NBCSN)

Where to watch Tokyo Olympics 2020 in different countries?

While the Olympics is a big sporting event, many countries have different platforms to stream the live events. Different broadcasters are plying their trade in different countries.

In the UK, BBC Eurosport is the official broadcaster of the games. Meanwhile, NBC has taken the rights for broadcasting in the US. Furthermore, the programs will include in the USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports network.

In Canada, Sportsnet offers the viewers to experience Tokyo Olympics. There are different subscriptions and plans regarding that. Finally, Seven Network is the available broadcaster for Australia. Apart from the aforementioned sites, fans can view the games through different streaming platforms like Sony LIV, ESPN+, NBC, YouTube TV, and other streaming platforms.

Armenia: APMTV
Asia: Dentsu
Australia: Seven Network
Austria: ORF
Belarus: Belteleradio
Belgium: VRT
Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT
Brazil: Grupo Globo
Bulgaria: BNT
Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada Sportsnet TSN TLN
Caribbean: International Media Content Ltd. SportsMax
China: CCTV
Croatia: HRT
Czech Republic: ČT
Denmark: DR
Estonia: Eesti Meedia
Europe: Discovery Communications Eurosport
Finland: Yle
France: France Télévisions Canal+
Georgia: GPB
Germany: ARD ZDF
Greece: ERT
Hungary: MTVA
Iceland: RÚV
Indian subcontinent: Sony Pictures Networks
Ireland: RTÉ
Japan: Japan Consortium
Kosovo: RTK
Latin America: América Móvil
Latvia: LTV
Lithuania: TV3
Luxembourg: RTL
Macedonia: MRT
MENA: beIN Sports
Montenegro: RTCG
Netherlands: NOS
New Zealand: Sky Television
North Korea: SBS
Norway: TVNorge
Oceania[iii]: Sky Television
Poland: TVP
Portugal: RTPRomania: TVR
Singapore: Mediacorp
Slovakia: RTVS
Slovenia: RTV
South Africa: SABC SuperSport
South Korea: SBS
Sub-Saharan Africa: Kwesé Sports
Sweden: Kanal 5
Switzerland: SRG SSR
Ukraine UA: PBC
United Kingdom: BBC/Eurosport
United States: NBCUniversal

Notably, the streams for these events are available on FuboTV and Peacock. The complete schedule looks promising and fans are in for an exciting event.

Moreover, swimmers like Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, and Simone Manuel look to continue their dominance from Rio Olympics 2016.

The swimming events for Tokyo Olympics 2020 is a much-anticipated event this time around because of the presence of excellent swimmers.

Even though there won’t be any audience in attendance, the competition between the swimmers is enough to excite the audience.

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