Tokyo 2020: Para swimming in numbers

The facts, the records, the stars and all you need to know about the sport that has featured at all editions of the Paralympic Games 23 Aug 2021
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Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias has 24 Paralympic medals to his name and will retire after the Paralympic Games in Tokyo
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By OIS and World Para Swimming

Para swimming has featured at all 16 editions of the Paralympic Games since they began in Rome 1960 – including the first Tokyo hosted the Paralympics in 1964. 

Competition at Tokyo 2020 will kick off on Wednesday (25 August) in a total of ten days and 20 sessions at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Check out the facts and numbers on Para swimming at the Games.


New mixed events added to the Tokyo 2020 programme: mixed 4x100m freestyle S14 relay and mixed 4x100m freestyle relay 49 points relay.


Prefixes to indicate the stroke in classification. S is for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events, SB is for breaststroke events and SM is for individual medley events.


National Paralympic Committees will compete for the first time at the Games in Japan, three of them taking part in Para swimming: Grenada, Paraguay and St Vincent & the Grenadines.


Gold medals won by Ihar Boki from Belarus at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - the most of any athlete.


World records held by Sophie Pascoe, New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian.


Sport classes in Para swimming. 1-10 are for athletes with physical impairment, 11-13 for vision impairment, and 14 is for intellectual impairment.


Number of medals won by USA’s Jessica Long (13 gold, six silver, four bronze). She is the only active athlete among the top five most successful women’s Paralympic swimmers of all time. 


Number of medals won by Daniel Dias, Brazil's most decorated Paralympian. His 14 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals make him the most successful male Paralympic swimmer in history. Dias announced that he will retire after Tokyo 2020.


Medals won by the most decorated Paralympic swimmer of all times. Trischa Zorn from USA won 41 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals between Arnhem 1980 and Athens 2004.


Medals won by Chinese swimmers at Rio 2016, putting them top of the medal table. China also topped the Para swimming medal tally at Athens 2004 and London 2012.


Medal events on the Tokyo 2020 programme across genders, strokes and classes. 


Swimmers competing at Tokyo 2020: 264 women and 342 men. This is the largest number of swimmers in Paralympic Games history, surpassing the previous high of 604 at London 2012. 


Total swimming medals won by the United States at the Paralympic Games, making it the most successful nation in Para swimming with 268 gold, 205 silver and 216 bronze.