Swimming at the 2008 Summer OlympicsSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics will be held over a sixteen day period from August 9 to August 21, with the conventional events ending on August 16 and the new marathon 10 km events being held on August 20 and 21. All swimming events ((except the two marathon 10 km events) will take place at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre.
EventsThe swimming program for 2008 has been expanded from 2004, with the addition of the 10 km marathon open water swimming events, bringing the total number of events to 34 (17 each for men and women).
* Freestyle: 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m (women), 1500 m (men), 4×100 m relay, 4×200 m relay, 10 km marathon
* Backstroke: 100 m, 200 m
* Breaststroke: 100 m, 200 m
* Butterfly: 100 m, 200 m
* Medley: 200 m individual, 400 m individual, 4×100 m relay
Qualifying CriteriaAn NOC may enter up to 2 qualified athletes in each individual event if both meet the A standard, or 1 athlete per event if they meet the B standard. An NOC may also enter a maximum of 1 qualified relay team per event. NOCs may enter swimmers regardless of time (1 swimmer per sex) if they have no swimmers meeting qualifying B standard. The qualifying time standards must be obtained in Continental Championships,
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