FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships
The FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, or more commonly "Open Water Worlds", was a bi-annual FINA championship for open water swimming held in even years from 2000 to 2010, inclusive. 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.
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.
|6th||2002||Sharm El Sheikh||Egypt||9|
|8th||2004||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||9|
Stand alone editions
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||Honolulu, USA||3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Russia||Germany||Netherlands|
|2002||2||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Italy||Germany||Russia|
|2004||3||Dubai, UAE||3 (m), 3 (w), 2 (mixed)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Germany||Australia||Russia|
|2006||4||Naples, Italy||3 (m), 3 (w)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Germany||Russia||Australia|
|2008||5||Seville, Spain||3 (m), 3 (w)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Russia||Netherlands||Germany|
|2010||6||Roberval, Canada||3 (m), 3 (w)||5 km, 10 km, 25 km||Italy||United States|| Germany|
All-time medal table
|4||United States (USA)||11||11||7||29|
|11||Great Britain (GBR)||2||4||1||7|
|14||South Africa (RSA)||1||0||1||2|
|18||Czech Republic (CZE)||0||2||0||2|
|Totals (22 nations)||102||103||102||307|
The best swimmers:
|2||Edith van Dijk||6||5||4||15|
|3||Ana Marcela Cunha||5||2||5||12|
- Open water swimming at the World Aquatics Championships
- FINA Marathon Swim World Series
- Open Water Swimmers of the Year
- 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.
- 2010 edition brings the best in Roberval Archived 2010-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, published by FINA; retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "OPEN WATER MEDALLISTS AND STATISTICS" (PDF). fina.org. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2018.