This is an overview of the women's swimming champions in individual events at the Olympics and the World Aquatics Championships. These tournaments are the only global long course (50 meter pool) swimming championships organized by world swimming federation FINA. This list gives an overview of the dominant swimmers throughout the history of swimming.
Currently, the Olympic program includes 13 individual events, and the World Championships program 17. These numbers were lower in the past, as shown in the table.
Asterisks (*) link to the event article. Use the sort function in the left-hand column to separate Olympics and World Championships.
Note: Only events that are presently contested have their own column in the above table. At the 1920 Olympics, a 300-meter freestyle event was held. The champion in this event has been located in the 400-meter freestyle column.