1998 World Aquatics Championships

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1998 FINA
World Championships

Australia Perth, Australia
1 m men women
3 m men women
10 m men women
Open Water
5 km men women
25 km men women
Team 5K 25K
50 m   men   women  
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Synchronised Swimming
Solo women
Duet women
Team women
Water Polo
Team men women

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, Synchronized 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]

Medals table[edit]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 17 6 9 32
2  Russia 11 3 3 17
3  Australia 7 8 10 25
4  China 6 8 4 18
5  Ukraine 3 1 0 4
6  Italy 2 2 2 6
7  Germany 1 7 6 14
8  Netherlands 1 4 3 8
9  France 1 4 1 6
10  Hungary 1 1 2 4
11  Spain 1 1 0 2
12  Belgium 1 0 0 1
12  Costa Rica 1 0 0 1
14  Japan 0 4 4 8
15  Slovakia 0 2 1 3
16  Canada 0 1 3 4
17  Sweden 0 1 1 2
18  United Kingdom 0 0 2 2
19  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
19  Argentina 0 0 1 1
19  FR Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1
Total 53 53 54 160



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)  Liang Tian (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  Liang Tian (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)
 Rongiuan 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 swimming[edit]

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 swimming[edit]

Water polo[edit]

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. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1994 FINA World Championships
(Rome, Italy)
FINA World Championships Succeeded by
2001 FINA World Championships
(Fukuoka, Japan)