FINA World Aquatics Championships

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For the short course, swimming-only, championships, which use a 25-meter pool, see FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m).

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-meter) pool.

The event was first held in 1973, 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.

Championships[edit]

Year Date Edition Location Athletes Events Winner of the medal table Second of the medal table Third of the medal table
1973 31 August – 9 September I Belgrade, Yugoslavia 686 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Italy
1975 19–27 July II Cali, Colombia 682 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Hungary
1978 20–28 August III West Berlin, West Germany 828 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  Soviet Union  Canada
1982 29 July – 8 August IV Guayaquil, Ecuador 848 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Soviet Union
1986 13–23 August V Madrid, Spain 1119 19 (m), 22 (f)  East Germany  United States  Canada
1991 3–13 January VI Perth, Australia 1142 21 (m), 24 (f)  United States  China  Hungary
1994 1–11 September VII Rome, Italy 1400 21 (m), 24 (f)  China  United States  Russia
1998 8–17 January VIII Perth, Australia 1371 26 (m), 29 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2001 16–29 July IX Fukuoka, Japan 1498 29 (m), 32 (f)  Australia  China  United States
2003 12–27 July X Barcelona, Spain 2015 29 (m), 33 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2005 16–31 July XI Montreal, Canada 1784 29 (m), 33 (f)  United States  Australia  China
2007 18 March – 1 April XII Melbourne, Australia 2158 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2009 17 July – 2 August XIII Rome, Italy 2556 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  China  Russia
2011 16–31 July XIV Shanghai, China 2220 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  China  Russia
2013 19 July – 4 August XV Barcelona, Spain[1][2][3] 2293 30 (m), 37 (f), 1 (mixed)  United States  China  Russia
2015 24 July – 9 August XVI Kazan, Russia[4] 2400 30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)  China  United States  Russia

Future championships[edit]

Year Date Edition Location
2017 14–30 July XVII Budapest, Hungary[5]
2019 TBD XVIII Gwangju, South Korea[6][7][8]
2021 TBD XIX Fukuoka, Japan
2023 TBD XX Doha, Qatar

All-time medal since 1973[edit]

Updated after the 2015 World Aquatics Championships.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 232 181 127 540
2  China 118 83 65 266
3  Soviet Union
Russia Russia
Total
16
82
98
28
56
84
28
47
75
72
185
257
4  Australia 79 83 64 226
5  East Germany 51 44 27 122
6  West Germany
 Germany
Total
8
32
40
7
53
60
12
60
72
27
145
172
7  Hungary 31 24 28 83
8  Italy 29 29 44 102
9  Canada 20 42 42 104
10  Great Britain 20 18 36 74
11  France 19 22 22 63
12  Netherlands 16 30 28 74
13  Sweden 11 15 15 41
14 Brazil Brazil 11 7 11 29
15  Japan 10 33 58 101
16  South Africa 10 5 12 27
17  Ukraine 9 8 13 30
18  Spain 8 26 25 59
19  SFR Yugoslavia
 FR Yugoslavia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia
Total
2
0
1
4
7
1
1
0
2
4
3
1
1
0
5
6
2
2
6
16
20  Poland 6 8 8 22
21  Denmark 4 8 7 19
22  Zimbabwe 4 5 0 9
23  Greece 4 4 5 13
24  Finland 3 2 2 7
25  Tunisia 2 2 4 8
26  Romania 2 1 7 10
27  Belarus 2 1 1 4
28  South Korea 2 0 1 3
29  Mexico 1 4 9 14
30   Switzerland 1 4 1 6
31  Croatia 1 3 3 7
32  Lithuania 1 2 2 5
33  Bulgaria 1 1 4 6
34  Belgium 1 1 2 4
 Costa Rica 1 1 2 4
36  Norway 1 1 1 3
37  North Korea 1 0 1 2
38  Colombia 1 0 0 1
 Suriname 1 0 0 1
40  New Zealand 0 5 5 10
41  Austria 0 3 3 6
42  Slovakia 0 3 2 5
43  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
Total
0
0
0
1
2
3
1
0
1
2
2
4
44  Cuba 0 1 1 2
 Iceland 0 1 1 2
 Jamaica 0 1 1 2
47  Montenegro 0 1 0 1
48  Malaysia 0 0 3 3
49  Argentina 0 0 2 2
50  Egypt 0 0 1 1
 Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
 Singapore 0 0 1 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 1 1
 Venezuela 0 0 1 1
Total 859 864 853 2576

Disciplines[edit]

Except as noted below, there are male and female categories for each event.

Diving[edit]

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

High diving[edit]

  • 27m (men only)
  • 20m (women only)

High diving included since the 15th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2013 in Barcelona

Open water swimming[edit]

  • 5 km
  • 10 km
  • 25 km
  • Mixed Team

Open water swimming was first held at the 1991 FINA World Championships.

Swimming[edit]

Distance Back Breast Fly Free I.M. Free
relay
Medley
relay
50 m
100 m
200 m
400 m
800 m
1500 m

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's tournament
  • Women's tournament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Originally awarded in July 2009 to Dubai, UAE. Dubai withdrew in March 2010.
  2. ^ PR54 - Dubai (UAE) will be the Organising City (FINA Press Release #2009-54); published by FINA on 2009-07-18, retrieved 2009-07-20.
  3. ^ Press Release 2013-51: Barcelona 2013: new record of participation with 181 nations in Barcelona (ESP). Published by FINA on 2013-07-18; retrieved 2013-07-19.
  4. ^ UPDATE 1-Swimming-Celebrations as Kazan awarded 2015 world champs published by Reuters on 2011-07-15.
  5. ^ [1] published by FINA on 2015-03-11.
  6. ^ http://www.aroundtherings.com/articles/view.aspx?id=41487
  7. ^ http://www.gwangju2019.org/
  8. ^ KOREA AND HUNGARY TO HOST 2019 AND 2021 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS published by Swimming World Magazine on 2013-07-19.

External links[edit]

Media related to World Aquatics Championships at Wikimedia Commons