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1998 World Aquatics Championships

The 8th FINA World Championships or the 1998 World Aquatics Championships were held from 8 to 17 January 1998 in Perth, Australia. The championships features competition in all five of FINA's disciplines: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised swimming and Open Water Swimming. The main venue for competition was Challenge Stadium, which hosted all disciplines save Open Water.

Michael Klim was named as the leading male swimmer of the meet, winning the 200 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly, 4×200 m freestyle, 4×100 m medley relay, as well as silver in the 100 m freestyle, 4×100 m freestyle relay and bronze in the 50 m freestyle.

Ian Thorpe became the youngest ever male to become world champion when he won the 400 m freestyle event aged 15 years and three months.

During a routine customs check on Chinese swimmer Yuan Yuan's luggage, enough human growth hormone was discovered to supply the entire women's swimming team for the duration of the championships.[1] Only Yuan was sanctioned for the incident, with speculation that this was connected to the nomination of Juan Antonio Samaranch by China for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.[2] Tests in Perth also found the presence of the banned diuretic masking agent triamterine in the urine of four swimmers, Wang Luna, Yi Zhang, Huijue Cai and Wei Wang.[3] The swimmers were suspended from competition for two years, with three coaches associated with the swimmers, Zhi Cheng, Hiuqin Xu and Zhi Cheng each suspended for three months.[3]

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Australia)

1  United States176932
2  Russia113317
3  Australia*781025
4  China68418
5  Ukraine3104
6  Italy2226
7  Germany17614
8  Netherlands1438
9  France1416
10  Hungary1124
11  Spain1102
12  Belgium1001
  Costa Rica1001
14  Japan0448
15  Slovakia0213
16  Canada0134
17  Sweden0112
18  Great Britain0022
19  Argentina0011
  Puerto Rico0011
Totals (21 nations)535354160



Event Gold Silver Bronze
1 m springboard   Zhuocheng Yu (CHN)   Troy Dumais (USA)   Holger Schlepps (GER)
3 m springboard   Dmitri Sautin (RUS)   Yilin Zhou (CHN)   Vassili Lisovski (RUS)
10 m platform   Dmitri Sautin (RUS)   Tian Liang (CHN)   Jan Hempel (GER)
3 m springboard synchro   Hao Xu (CHN)
  Zhuocheng Yu (CHN)
  Alexander Mesch (GER)
  Holger Schlepps (GER)
  Dean Pullar (AUS)
  Shannon Roy (AUS)
10 m platform synchro   Tian Liang (CHN)
  Sun Shuwei (CHN)
  Jan Hempel (GER)
  Michael Kühne (GER)
  Igor Lukashin (RUS)
  Aleksandr Varlamov (RUS)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
1 m springboard   Irina Lashko (RUS)   Vera Ilyina (RUS)   Zhang Jing (CHN)
3 m springboard   Yuliya Pakhalina (RUS)   Jingjing Guo (CHN)   Chantelle Michell (AUS)
10 m platform   Olena Zhupina (UKR)   Yuyan Cai (CHN)   Li Chen (CHN)
3 m springboard synchro   Irina Lashko (RUS)
  Yuliya Pakhalina (RUS)
  Lang Rao (CHN)
  Rongjuan Li (CHN)
  Tracy Bonner (USA)
  Kathy Pesek (USA)
10 m platform synchro   Olena Zhupina (UKR)
  Svitlana Serbina (UKR)
  Yuyan Cai (CHN)
  Li Chen (CHN)
  Kristin Link (USA)
  Lindsay Long (USA)

Open water swimmingEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
5 km   Aleksey Akatyev (RUS)   Ky Hurst (AUS)   Luca Baldini (ITA)
25 km   Aleksey Akatyev (RUS)   David Meca (ESP)   Gabriel Chaillou (ARG)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
5 km   Erica Rose (USA)   Edith van Dijk (NED)   Peggy Büchse (GER)
25 km   Tobie Smith (USA)   Peggy Büchse (GER)   Edith van Dijk (NED)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
5 km   United States (USA)
John Flanagan
Austin Ramirez
Erica Rose
  Russia (RUS)
Aleksey Akatyev
Yevgeny Bezruchenko
Olga Gouseva
  Italy (ITA)
Luca Baldini
Fabio Venturini
Valeria Casprini
25 km   Italy (ITA)
Claudio Gargaro
Fabrizio Pescatori
Valeria Casprini
  Australia (AUS)
Grant Robinson
Mark Saliba
Tracey Knowles
  United States (USA)
Tobie Smith
Nathan Stooke
Chuck Wiley


Synchronised swimmingEdit

Water poloEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team   Spain   Hungary   Yugoslavia
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team   Italy   Netherlands   Australia


  1. ^ "Chinese Olympians subjected to routine doping". Sydney morning Herald. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ Maxwell J. Mehlman (21 May 2009). The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement. JHU Press. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-8018-9263-9. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Cecil Colwin (2002). Breakthrough Swimming. Human Kinetics. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-7360-3777-8. Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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