In lay-man terms what is the difference between the two?
- OST is a much faster time compared to the OQT.
- If you achieve the OST along with being the fastest two in your country at the end of the Qualifying period you pretty much guarantee your spot in the Olympic Games.
- If a country wants to send two swimmers for a particular event, then both the swimmers have to swim faster than the OST.
- Achieving the OQT only makes you eligible to be invited to the Olympic Games. Assuming that at the end of the Qualifying period no other swimmer in your country is faster than you and no other swimmer has clocked the OST.
For more information on Swimming:
- Qualifying times, click here.
- Qualifying procedure, click here.
- Qualification system, click here.
- Qualifying events, click here.
Click here for more information, along with the above, on Open Water, Diving, Water polo and Synchronized Swimming