FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships

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The FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, or more commonly "Open Water Worlds", was a bi-annual FINA championship for open water swimming.[1][2] They were held in even years, from 2000 to 2010. Race distances were 5, 10 and 25 kilometers (aka: 5K, 10K and 25K).

The 10K race at the 2008 edition served as the main qualifying event for the 2008 Olympics 10K event.


The Open Water Worlds were held in the years between the FINA's main World Championships, providing an annual championships for Open Water Swimming. At its January 2010 meeting, the FINA Bureau decided that to replace this event with a junior (18 and under) championships, making the 2010 Open Water Worlds the last edition of these championships, and 2012 seeing the first of a Junior Open Water Worlds.

Year Events Location
2000 5 km, 10 km, 25 km United States Honolulu, USA
2002 5 km, 10 km, 25 km Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
2004 5 km, 10 km, 25 km United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE
2006 5 km, 10 km, 25 km Italy Naples, Italy
2008 5 km, 10 km, 25 km Spain Seville, Spain
2010 5 km, 10 km, 25 km Canada Roberval, Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HistoFINA, volume 10, published by FINA on 2009-07-01; retrieved 2012-03-03. ("HistoFINA" is FINA's self-history, volumen 10 deals with Open Water.
  2. ^ 2010 edition brings the best in Roberval, published by FINA; retrieved 2012-03-03.