The 800-meter freestyle race is one of the longest swimming events in the Olympics. It’s also one of the most grueling, with swimmers having to complete four laps per length.
The 800-meter freestyle distance is one lap short of a mile, making it one of the most challenging events in swimming.
The average time for an elite male swimmer to complete an 800m race is 7 minutes, 31 seconds, while female swimmers will take about 8 minutes and 20 seconds.
In terms of strokes, the freestyle event requires swimmers to use butterfly (backstroke), backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle (front crawl). The only stroke not used in this event is sidestroke (breaststroke).
Last modified: November 7, 2022