FINA World Aquatics Championships

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FINA World Aquatics Championships
Status active
Genre sporting event
Date(s) mid-year
Frequency biennial
Location(s) various
Inaugurated 1973 (1973)
Most recent 2017
Organised by FINA
2017

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
2017 14–30 July XVII Budapest, Hungary[5] 30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)

Future championships[edit]

Year Date Edition Location
2019 9–25 August XVIII Gwangju, South Korea[6][7][8]
2021 16 July – 1 August XIX Fukuoka, Japan
2023 6–22 October XX Doha, Qatar

All-time medal table[edit]

Updated after Day 12 of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 238 189 133 560
2  China 130 92 68 290
3  Soviet Union
Russia Russia
Total
16
90
106
28
59
87
28
53
81
72
202
274
4  Australia 80 86 65 231
5  East Germany 51 44 27 122
6  West Germany
 Germany
Total
8
32
40
7
54
61
12
61
73
27
147
174
7  Hungary 32 24 29 85
8  Italy 30 32 51 113
9  France 24 23 23 70
10  Great Britain 23 20 37 80
11  Canada 21 43 44 108
12  Netherlands 17 31 29 77
13  Sweden 12 15 15 42
14 Brazil Brazil 12 9 13 34
15  Japan 10 34 60 104
16  South Africa 10 5 12 27
17  Ukraine 9 9 20 38
18  Spain 8 29 25 62
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 5 9 15
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
 North Korea 1 1 2 4
37  Norway 1 1 1 3
38  Malaysia 1 0 4 5
39  Colombia 1 0 0 1
 Suriname 1 0 0 1
41  New Zealand 0 5 5 10
42  Austria 0 3 3 6
43  Slovakia 0 3 2 5
44  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
Total
0
0
0
1
2
3
1
0
1
2
2
4
45  Cuba 0 1 1 2
 Iceland 0 1 1 2
 Jamaica 0 1 1 2
48  Ecuador 0 1 0 1
 Montenegro 0 1 0 1
50  Argentina 0 0 2 2
51  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 901 906 896 2703
  • Record(*).  United States: 1978, (23 gold medals, 44 medals in total)

Multiple medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count per type.

Rank Athlete Country Gender Discipline From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps  United States M Swimming 2001 2011 26 6 1 33
2 Natalia Ishchenko  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2005 2015 19 2 - 21
3 Ryan Lochte  United States M Swimming 2005 2015 18 5 4 27
4 Svetlana Romashina  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2005 2015 18 - - 18
5 Anastasia Davydova  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2001 2011 13 1 - 14
6 Svetlana Kolesnichenko  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2011 2017 13 - - 13
Alexandra Patskevich  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2009 2017 13 - - 13
8 Katie Ledecky  United States F Swimming 2013 2017 12 - - 12
9 Missy Franklin  United States F Swimming 2011 2015 11 2 3 16
10 Ian Thorpe  Australia M Swimming 1998 2003 11 1 1 13

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-31.  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