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, 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. 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. 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. 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.
|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)
|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
|5 km||Aleksey Akatyev (RUS)||Ky Hurst (AUS)||Luca Baldini (ITA)|
|25 km||Aleksey Akatyev (RUS)||David Meca (ESP)||Gabriel Chaillou (ARG)|
|5 km||Erica Rose (USA)||Edith van Dijk (NED)||Peggy Büchse (GER)|
|25 km||Tobie Smith (USA)||Peggy Büchse (GER)||Edith van Dijk (NED)|
|5 km|| United States (USA)
| Russia (RUS)
| Italy (ITA)
|25 km|| Italy (ITA)
| Australia (AUS)
| United States (USA)
- "Chinese Olympians subjected to routine doping". Sydney morning Herald. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- 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.
- Cecil Colwin (2002). Breakthrough Swimming. Human Kinetics. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-7360-3777-8. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Swim Rankings results