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.

Editions[edit]

Twelve editions was part of the World Aquatics Championships, and six edition was stand alone editions. From 2011 the biannual event is included only into the World Aquatics Championships.

  stand alone edition
Edition Year Venue Country Events
1st 1991 Perth  Australia 2
2nd 1994 Rome  Italy 2
3d 1998 Perth  Australia 6
4h 2000 Honolulu  United States 9
5th 2001 Fukuoka  Japan 6
6th 2002 Sharm El Sheikh  Egypt 9
7th 2003 Barcelona  Spain 6
8th 2004 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 9
9th 2005 Montreal  Canada 6
10th 2006 Naples  Italy 6
11th 2007 Melbourne  Australia 6
12th 2008 Sevilla  Spain 6
13th 2009 Rome  Italy 6
14th 2010 Roberval  Canada 6
15th 2011 Shanghai  China 7
16th 2013 Barcelona  Spain 7
17th 2015 Kazan  Russia 7
18th 2017 Budapest  Hungary 7
19th 2019 Gwangju  South Korea 7
120

Stand alone editions[edit]

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 in the medal table Third in the medal table
2000 1 United States Honolulu, USA 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Russia  Germany  Netherlands
2002 2 Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Italy  Germany  Russia
2004 3 United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE 3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Germany  Australia  Russia
2006 4 Italy Naples, Italy 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Germany  Russia  Australia
2008 5 Spain Seville, Spain 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Russia  Netherlands  Germany
2010 6 Canada Roberval, Canada 3 (m), 3 (w) 5 km, 10 km, 25 km  Italy  United States  Germany
 Netherlands

All-time medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)23182162
2 Germany (GER)21161754
3 Italy (ITA)12151643
4 United States (USA)1111729
5 Netherlands (NED)99523
6 Australia (AUS)65819
7 France (FRA)53311
8 Brazil (BRA)45716
9 Spain (ESP)2529
10 Greece (GRE)2439
11 Great Britain (GBR)2417
12 Bulgaria (BUL)1157
13 Canada (CAN)1102
14 South Africa (RSA)1012
  Switzerland (SUI)1012
 Tunisia (TUN)1012
17 Hungary (HUN)0213
18 Czech Republic (CZE)0202
19 Belgium (BEL)0101
 Ecuador (ECU)0101
21 Argentina (ARG)0022
22 Egypt (EGY)0011
Totals (22 nations)102103102307

Multiple medalists[edit]

The best swimmers.[3]

Men[edit]

# Swimmer 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 Germany Thomas Lurz 12 4 4 20
2 Russia Yuri Koudinov 5 2 1 8
3 Russia Vladimir Dyatchin 3 3 4 10
4 Spain David Meca 2 4 1 7
5 Greece Spyridon Gianniotis 2 3 2 7

Women[edit]

# Swimmer 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 Russia Larisa Ilchenko 8 1 0 9
2 Netherlands Edith van Dijk 6 5 4 15
3 Brazil Ana Marcela Cunha 5 2 5 12
4 Italy Viola Valli 5 2 1 8
5 Germany Britta Kamrau 4 2 4 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HistoFINA, volume 10 Archived 2015-09-08 at the Wayback Machine, 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 Archived 2010-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, published by FINA; retrieved 2012-03-03.
  3. ^ "OPEN WATER MEDALLISTS AND STATISTICS" (PDF). fina.org. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2018.