Usain Bolt holds the record with a 19.30 in Beijing!
The world record, as well as the Olympic record, for the mens' 200 meter freestyle was set by Michael Phelps on August 12th, 2008, at the Beijing Summer Olympics. His time was 1:42.96 .
The world record for the 1500 meter freestyle is.... 14:34.56 by Grant Hacket (Australia) July 29, 2001 The world record for the women is.... 15:42.54 by Kate Ziegler (USA) June 17, 2007
As of 2011, Javier Sotomayor holds the mens world record at 2.45 meters. Stefka Kostadinova holds the womens world record at 2.09 meters.