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 (also known as 5K, 10K, and 25K).

The 10 km race at the 2008 edition served as the main qualifying event for the 2008 Olympics 10 km 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 Edition Location Events Distances competed Winner of the medal table Second of the medal table Third of the medal table
2000 I United States Honolulu, USA 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Russia  Germany  Netherlands
2002 II Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Italy  Germany  Russia
2004 III United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Germany  Australia  Russia
2006 IV Italy Naples, Italy 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Germany  Russia  Australia
2008 V Spain Seville, Spain 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Russia  Netherlands  Germany
2010 VI Canada Roberval, Canada 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Italy  United States  Germany

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.