FINA World Aquatics Championships
The FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are the World Championships for aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. They are run by FINA, and all swimming events are contested in a long course (50-metre) pool.
|FINA World Aquatics Championships|
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The event was first held in 1973 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and is now held every two years. From 1978 to 1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.
Athletes from all 209 FINA members could take part in the competition. The record for most countries taking part in a single edition was set in 2019, with 192 members. 2019 has seen also a record number of athletes participating, with 2,623 athletes.
|Year||Date||Edition||Location||Athletes||Events||Events details||Winner of the medal table||Second of the medal table||Third of the medal table|
|1973||31 August – 9 September||1||Belgrade, Yugoslavia||686||37||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Italy|
|1975||19–27 July||2||Cali, Colombia||682||37||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Hungary|
|1978||20–28 August||3||West Berlin, West Germany||828||37||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||Soviet Union||Canada|
|1982||29 July – 8 August||4||Guayaquil, Ecuador||848||37||18 (m), 19 (f)||United States||East Germany||Soviet Union|
|1986||13–23 August||5||Madrid, Spain||1119||41||19 (m), 22 (f)||East Germany||United States||Canada|
|1991||3–13 January||6||Perth, Australia||1142||45||21 (m), 24 (f)||United States||China||Hungary|
|1994||1–11 September||7||Rome, Italy||1400||45||21 (m), 24 (f)||China||United States||Russia|
|1998||8–17 January||8||Perth, Australia||1371||55||26 (m), 29 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2001||16–29 July||9||Fukuoka, Japan||1498||61||29 (m), 32 (f)||Australia||China||United States|
|2003||12–27 July||10||Barcelona, Spain||2015||62||29 (m), 33 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2005||16–31 July||11||Montreal, Canada||1784||62||29 (m), 33 (f)||United States||Australia||China|
|2007||18 March – 1 April||12||Melbourne, Australia||2158||65||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||Russia||Australia|
|2009||17 July – 2 August||13||Rome, Italy||2556||65||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||China||Russia|
|2011||16–31 July||14||Shanghai, China||2220||65||29 (m), 36 (f)||United States||China||Russia|
|2013||19 July – 4 August||15||Barcelona, Spain||2293||68||30 (m), 37 (f), 1 (mixed)||United States||China||Russia|
|2015||24 July – 9 August||16||Kazan, Russia||2400||75||30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)||China||United States||Russia|
|2017||14–30 July||17||Budapest, Hungary||2360||75||30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)||United States||China||Russia|
|2019||12–28 July||18||Gwangju, South Korea||2623||76||30 (m), 38 (f), 8 (mixed)||China||United States||Russia|
|2021||16 July – 1 August||19||Fukuoka, Japan|
All-time medal tableEdit
Updated after the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
| Yugoslavia /|
Serbia and Montenegro
|Trinidad and Tobago||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (60 nations)||1010||1017||1007||3034|
- Record(*). United States: 1978, (23 gold medals, 44 medals in total)
Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count per type.
|1||Michael Phelps||United States||M||Swimming||2001||2011||26||6||1||33|
|2||Svetlana Romashina||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2005||2019||21||–||–||21|
|3||Natalia Ishchenko||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2005||2015||19||2||–||21|
|4||Ryan Lochte||United States||M||Swimming||2005||2015||18||5||4||27|
|5||Svetlana Kolesnichenko||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2011||2019||16||–||–||16|
|6||Katie Ledecky||United States||F||Swimming||2013||2019||15||3||–||18|
|7||Alla Shishkina||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2009||2019||14||–||–||14|
|8||Caeleb Dressel||United States||M||Swimming||2017||2019||13||2||–||15|
|9||Anastasia Davydova||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2001||2011||13||1||–||14|
|10||Alexandra Patskevich||Russia||F||Synchronised swimming||2009||2017||13||–||–||13|
Except as noted below, there are male and female categories for each event.
Men's and women's events:
- 1 m springboard
- 3 m springboard
- 10 m platform
- synchronized 3 m springboard
- synchronized 10 m platform
Mixed events added at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships:
- synchronized 3 m springboard
- synchronized 10 m platform
- 3 m springboard / 10 m platform team
- 27m (men only)
- 20m (women only)
High diving included since the 15th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2013 in Barcelona
Open water swimmingEdit
- 5 km
- 10 km
- 25 km
- Mixed Team
Open water swimming was first held at the 1991 FINA World Championships.
|Distance||Free||Back||Breast||Fly||I.M.||Free relay||Medley relay||Mixed free relay||Mixed medley relay|
Except for Free Combination and Highlight, all events include technical and free routines, with medals awarded separately.
- Duet, including mixed pair (male-female) since the 16th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2015 in Kazan
- Free combination
- Highlight since 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju
- Men's tournament
- Women's tournament
Notes and referencesEdit
- Originally awarded in July 2009 to Dubai, UAE. Dubai withdrew in March 2010.
- PR54 - Dubai (UAE) will be the Organising City Archived 27 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine (FINA Press Release #2009-54); published by FINA on 2009-07-18, retrieved 2009-07-20.
- Press Release 2013-51: Barcelona 2013: new record of participation with 181 nations in Barcelona (ESP) Archived 14 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Published by FINA on 2013-07-18; retrieved 2013-07-19.
- UPDATE 1-Swimming-Celebrations as Kazan awarded 2015 world champs published by Reuters on 2011-07-15.
- "Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017" (Press release). FINA. 11 March 2015. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-31.