The swimming competition is competed in by both men and women, in individual and relay events at the Olympic games. The program for this years' games has been added to, the 10 km marathon open water swimming event will be knew for the 2008 games.
A National Olympic Committee may enter up to two qualified athletes in each individual event, if both meet the A standard (qualifying time criteria for a specific event) or one athlete per event if they meet the B standard. An NOC may also enter up to one qualified relay team per event. NOCs may also enter up to one swimmer per sex, regardless of time, if they have no swimmers meeting either the A or B standard. Qualifying times must be reached in Continental Championships, National Olympic Trials or International Competitions approved by FINA from March 15, 2007 to July 15, 2008.Events
Freestyle: 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m (women only), 1500 m (men only), 4x400 m relay, 4x200 m relay, 10 km marathon
Backstroke:100 m, 200m
Breaststroke: 100m, 200m
Butterfly: 100 m, 200 m
Medley: 200 m individual, 400 m individual, 4x100 m relay