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2019 World Aquatics Championships

The 2019 World Aquatics Championships were the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships, held in Gwangju, South Korea from 12 to 28 July 2019. The city had previously hosted the 2015 Summer Universiade aquatics events in the same venues.[2]

18th FINA World Championships
Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships.png
Host cityGwangju, South Korea
Date(s)12–28 July[1]
Venue(s)Nambu University
Chosun University
Yeosu Expo Ocean Park
Yeomju Gymnasium
Nations participating192
Athletes participating2,623
Officially opened byMoon Jae-in

Host selectionEdit

The host was announced on 19 July 2013 on the biennial General Congress of FINA in Barcelona, the host-city of the 2013 World Aquatics Championships.[3] Budapest was awarded the 2021 Championships in the same vote, though in 2015 it was announced that they will host the 2017 Championships due to Guadalajara's withdrawal. Fukuoka was subsequently awarded the 2021 event.

The awarding was controversial within Korea as the South Korean government claimed that the mayor of Gwangju had forged the signature of endorsement.[4]. As a result, the Korean government initially refused to fund the event, but eventually agreed upon passage of a law that required National Assembly approval for future bids for major sporting events.

SymbolsEdit

The mascots for the event were a pair of otters, chosen due to their natural habitat being in the mountains near Gwangju, as well as their symbolizing "swimmers' passion for challenge", according to the organizing committee. The slogan of the Championships, meanwhile, was "Dive Into Peace".[5]

VenuesEdit

Most of the competitions were held at the Main Aquatics Centre, built for the 2015 Summer Universiade, also hosted in Gwangju.[6] The Aquatics Centre hosted the swimming and diving competitions, and there were two adjacent outdoor temporary venues for synchronised swimming and water polo.[7]

ScheduleEdit

A total of 76 Medal events were held across six disciplines.[8] Beach water polo was introduced as a demonstration, non-medal event.

Opening ceremony Other competitions Finals Closing ceremony M Men's matches W Women's matches
July 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Total
Ceremonies 76
Swimming 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 8 42
Open water swimming 1 1 1 1 1 2 7
Artistic swimming 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 10
Diving 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 13
High diving 1 1 2
Water polo W M W M W M W M W M W M W M 2
Beach water polo W M W M W M 2

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China1611330
2  United States15111036
3  Russia1211730
4  Australia79723
5  Hungary5005
6  Italy46515
7  Great Britain42612
8  Germany3238
9  Brazil2327
10  Canada22711
11  Japan22610
12  France1337
13  Sweden1225
14  Ukraine1157
15  South Africa1124
16  Spain0415
17  Mexico0246
18  Greece0101
  Malaysia0101
  Netherlands0101
  Norway0101
   Switzerland0101
23  Croatia0011
  Egypt0011
  New Zealand0011
  South Korea*0011
Totals (26 nations)767777230

Participating nationsEdit

Out of 209 FINA members, 191 nations took part in the Championships, as well as a Refugee Team of FINA Independent Athletes. 194 teams initially entered,[9][10] setting a new record number of participating nations. However, Lesotho and the United Arab Emirates subsequently withdrew their athletes and did not appear on the start list.[11][12]

Media coverageEdit

In the United States, NBCUniversal holds rights to the event.[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FINA.org
  2. ^ [1] (Gwangju, Budapest win right to host worlds); posted by Reuters on 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ Gwangju Wins Bid to Host 2019 Aquatics Championships
  4. ^ FINA World Championships Bidding Scandal Creates Gwangju Money Woes
  5. ^ Otters Symbolically Chosen as Gwangju 2019 World Championships Mascots
  6. ^ Our Plan posted by gwangju2019.com. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  7. ^ 18th FINA World Championships - Venue Info
  8. ^ Schedule
  9. ^ "PR 57 - FINA Bureau Meeting in Gwangju (KOR)". FINA. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Gwangju 2019 World Championships boast record 194 participating nations". SwimSwam. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Entry List by Event and Nation" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Results Book". FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  13. ^ "FINA partners with Universal Sports: new media rights agreement in the USA until 2021". FINA. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  14. ^ "NBCUniversal acquires Universal Sports programming from World Championship Sports Network". NBC Sports Group. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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