LEN European Aquatics Championships

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European Aquatics Championships
Statusactive
Genresporting event
Date(s)mid-year
Frequencybiennial
Countryvarying
Inaugurated1926 (1926)

The European Aquatics Championships is the continental Aquatics championship for Europe, which is organised by LEN—the governing body for aquatics in Europe. The Championships are currently held every two years (in even years); and since 2022, they have included 5 aquatics disciplines: Swimming (long course/50m pool), Diving, Synchronised swimming, Open water swimming and High diving. Prior to 1999, the championships also included Water polo, which beginning in 1999 LEN split-off into a separate championships. The open water events are not held during the Olympic year.

The Championships are generally held over a two-week time-period in mid-to-late Summer; however, in the most recent Summer Olympics years (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020), the Championships were moved to the Spring to be moved away from the Summer Olympic Games.

The swimming portion of these championships is considered one of the pre-eminent swimming competitions in the world. Note however that LEN also conducts an annual short-course (25 meters) swimming championship, which is a completely separate and a completely distinct event (typically held in early December).

Championships[edit]

Historically, the Championships were first held in 1926, and included water polo prior to 1999 when the discipline was moved to the European Water Polo Championship. From 1973-1999 Europeans were held in years without a Summer Olympics or World Championships, save 1979 (1973 being the inception year of the World Championships; and 1999 being the last year before Worlds moved from even-years between Summer Olympics to every-odd year beginning in 2001). Women were first allowed to participate at the second Championships in 1927[1]

Number Year Host city Country Events Dates First in the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table
1 1926 Budapest  Hungary 9 18–22 August 1926  Germany  Sweden  Hungary
2 1927 Bologna  Italy 16 31 August – 4 September 1927  Germany  Sweden  Netherlands
3 1931 Paris  France 16 23–30 August 1931  Hungary  Germany  Netherlands
4 1934 Magdeburg  Germany 16 12–19 August 1934  Germany  Netherlands  Hungary
5 1938 London  Great Britain 16 6–13 August 1938 Nazi Germany Germany  Denmark  Netherlands
6 1947 Monte Carlo  Monaco 16 10–14 September 1947  France  Denmark  Hungary
7 1950 Vienna  Austria 16 20–27 August 1950  France  Netherlands  West Germany
8 1954 Turin  Italy 18 31 August – 5 September 1954  Hungary  Soviet Union  East Germany
9 1958 Budapest  Hungary 20 31 August – 6 September 1958  Soviet Union  Great Britain  Netherlands
10 1962 Leipzig  East Germany 23 18–25 August 1962  Netherlands  East Germany  Soviet Union
11 1966 Utrecht  Netherlands 23 20–27 August 1966  Soviet Union  East Germany  Netherlands
12 1970 Barcelona  Spain 34 5–13 September 1970  East Germany  Soviet Union  West Germany
13 1974 Vienna  Austria 37 18–25 August 1974  East Germany  West Germany  Great Britain
14 1977 Jönköping  Sweden 37 14–21 August 1977  East Germany  Soviet Union  West Germany
15 1981 Split  Yugoslavia 37 4–12 September 1981  East Germany  Soviet Union  Great Britain
16 1983 Rome  Italy 38 22–27 August 1983  East Germany  Soviet Union  West Germany
17 1985 Sofia
Oslo
 Bulgaria
 Norway
39 4–11 August 1985
12–18 August 1985
 East Germany  Soviet Union  West Germany
18 1987 Strasbourg  France 41 16–23 August 1987  East Germany  Soviet Union  West Germany
19 1989 Bonn  West Germany 43 15–20 August 1989  East Germany  Soviet Union  France
20 1991 Athens
Terracina
 Greece
 Italy
47 18–25 August 1991
14–15 September 1991
 Soviet Union  Germany  Hungary
21 1993 Sheffield
Slapy
 Great Britain
 Czech Republic
47 3–8 August 1993
28–29 August 1993
 Germany  Russia  Hungary
22 1995 Vienna  Austria 47 22–27 August 1995  Russia  Germany  Hungary
23 1997 Seville  Spain 51 19–24 August 1997  Russia  Germany  Hungary
24 1999 Istanbul  Turkey 55 26 July – 1 August 1999  Germany  Russia  Netherlands
25 2000 Helsinki  Finland 55 3–9 July 2000  Russia  Germany  Italy
26 2002 Berlin  Germany 57 29 July – 4 August 2002  Germany  Russia  Italy
27 2004 Madrid  Spain 58 5–16 May 2004  Ukraine  Russia  Italy
28 2006 Budapest  Hungary 58 26 July – 6 August 2006  Russia  Germany  France
29 2008 Eindhoven  Netherlands 54 13–24 March 2008  Russia  Italy  France
30 2010 Budapest  Hungary 61 4–15 August 2010  Russia  Germany  France
31 2012 Debrecen
Eindhoven
 Hungary
 Netherlands
55 15–27 May 2012  Hungary  Germany  Italy
32 2014 Berlin  Germany 64 13–24 August 2014  Great Britain  Russia  Italy
33 2016 London  Great Britain 64 9–22 May 2016  Great Britain  Hungary  Russia
34 2018[a] Glasgow
Edinburgh
 Great Britain 72 2–12 August 2018  Russia  Great Britain  Italy
35 2020 Budapest  Hungary 73 10–23 May 2021  Russia  Great Britain  Italy
36 2022 Rome  Italy 75 11–21 August 2022  Italy  Great Britain  Ukraine

Medal tables (1926–2022)[edit]

Overall[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia19711687400
2 Germany171159130460
3 East Germany14311568326
4 Italy127149199475
5 Hungary12210781310
6 Great Britain109116134359
7 Soviet Union978779263
8 France929892282
9 Netherlands889890276
10 Sweden677671214
11 Ukraine667067203
12 West Germany413349123
13 Spain315950140
14 Denmark29223283
15 Poland18192259
16 Finland1381233
17 Romania12263270
18 Austria12192354
19 Greece7112442
20 Norway68519
21 Switzerland5121734
22 Belarus5101732
23 Belgium561627
24 Ireland46111
25 Serbia4116
26 Czech Republic401519
27 Slovakia311418
28 Lithuania351018
29 Israel34916
30 Yugoslavia2141329
31 Croatia27716
32 Czechoslovakia251118
33 Slovenia251017
34 Bulgaria24915
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina1012
36 Faroe Islands0303
37 Iceland0213
38 Portugal0145
39 Estonia0101
 FR Yugoslavia0101
41 Turkey0022
42 Armenia0011
Totals (42 entries)1495149414964485

Note: The table includes medals won in swimming (since 1926), diving (since 1926), synchronized swimming (since 1974), open water swimming (since 1991), high diving (since 2022) and water polo since 1926 until and including 1997 when the discipline was part of the event. From 1999 the water polo event was separated and got its own independent tournament as European Water Polo Championship.

As of 2022, Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino have yet to win a medal.

Swimming (1926–2022)[edit]

See LEN official report.[2]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 East Germany13210055287
2 Hungary1048867259
3 Germany938670249
4 Russia795746182
5 Italy7690108274
6 Great Britain7391112276
7 France706463197
8 Netherlands658275222
9 Soviet Union615552168
10 Sweden605863181
11 West Germany352742104
12 Ukraine33302386
13 Denmark27222877
14 Spain23262877
15 Poland18192158
16 Romania11253268
17 Finland116825
18 Austria791127
19 Norway68519
20 Greece661628
21 Belarus571022
22 Belgium561324
23 Switzerland47718
24 Ireland46111
25 Serbia4105
26 Slovakia311216
27 Lithuania351018
28 Israel34815
29 Czech Republic30912
30 Croatia27716
31 Slovenia251017
32 Yugoslavia17917
33 Czechoslovakia13913
34 Bulgaria13711
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina1012
36 Faroe Islands0303
37 Iceland0213
38 Portugal0134
39 Estonia0101
40 Turkey0022
Totals (40 entries)1032102810343094

Diving (1926–2022)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Germany595544158
2 Russia534333129
3 Soviet Union27262477
4 Italy24222773
5 Great Britain23221964
6 Ukraine17203370
7 East Germany11141338
8 Sweden715830
9 France75921
10 Austria46515
11 West Germany4329
12 Netherlands4127
13 Finland2248
14 Denmark2046
15 Hungary15713
16 Spain1449
17 Czechoslovakia1124
18 Bulgaria1102
19 Belarus0257
20 Switzerland0202
21 Armenia0011
 Poland0011
Totals (22 entries)248249247744

Artistic swimming (1974–2022)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia533056
2 Ukraine15191145
3 Great Britain122317
4 France919836
5 Spain7241243
6 Italy4183456
7 Soviet Union4318
8 Netherlands16613
9 Austria14611
10 Greece0369
11 West Germany0336
12 Switzerland01910
13 Belarus0123
14 Slovakia0022
15 Hungary0011
 Israel0011
 Serbia0011
Totals (17 entries)106106106318

Open water swimming (1991–2022)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Italy18192360
2 Germany18151447
3 Netherlands138425
4 Russia1211730
5 France591024
6 Hungary56415
7 Greece1225
8 Switzerland1214
9 Great Britain1102
10 Czech Republic1067
11 Ukraine1001
12 Spain0448
13 Czechoslovakia0101
14 Bulgaria0022
15 Portugal0011
Totals (15 entries)767878232

High diving (2022)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Romania1102
2 Germany1001
3 Ukraine0101
4 Italy0022
Totals (4 entries)2226

Water polo (1926–1997)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Hungary128222
2 Soviet Union53210
3 Netherlands5139
4 Italy50510
5 West Germany2024
6 Yugoslavia17412
7 Germany0325
8 Sweden0303
9 Russia0213
10 France0123
 Spain0123
12 East Germany0101
 FR Yugoslavia0101
14 Belgium0033
15 Austria0011
Totals (15 entries)30312990

Multiple medalists in swimming (long course)[edit]

  Still active

Update after the 2022 European Aquatics Championships.[3][4]

Men[edit]

# Athlete Country 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 Alexander Popov  Soviet Union
 Russia
21 3 2 26
2 Adam Peaty  Great Britain 16 0 0 16
3 László Cseh  Hungary 14 4 5 23
4 Michael Gross  West Germany 13 4 2 19
5 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 10 5 4 19
6 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 10 3 0 13
7 Filippo Magnini  Italy 9 5 5 19
8 Peter Nocke  West Germany 9 1 0 10
9 Tamás Darnyi  Hungary 8 0 0 8
10 Duncan Scott  Great Britain 7 4 0 11
11 Oleh Lisohor  Ukraine 7 3 3 13
12 James Guy  Great Britain 7 2 3 12

Women[edit]

# Athlete Country 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 Franziska van Almsick  Germany 18 3 0 21
2 Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 17 7 4 28
3 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 15 6 4 25
4 Heike Friedrich  East Germany
 Germany
11 2 0 13
5 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 10 7 4 21
6 Fran Halsall  Great Britain 10 3 4 17
7 Yana Klochkova  Ukraine 10 2 4 16
8 Sandra Völker  Germany 9 4 4 17
9 Krisztina Egerszegi  Hungary 9 4 0 13
9 Astrid Strauss  East Germany 9 4 0 13
11 Freya Anderson  Great Britain 9 3 4 16
12 Laure Manaudou  France 9 1 3 13
13 Kristin Otto  East Germany 9 1 1 11
14 Ute Geweniger  East Germany 9 1 0 10
15 Simona Quadarella  Italy 8 1 1 10
16 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 7 6 7 20
17 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 7 4 2 13
18 Mette Jacobsen  Denmark 7 3 8 18
19 Daniela Hunger  East Germany
 Germany
7 3 0 10
20 Ágnes Kovács  Hungary 7 2 4 13
21 Boglárka Kapás  Hungary 7 2 3 12
22 Lucy Hope  Great Britain 7 2 0 9
22 Britta Steffen  Germany 7 2 0 9

Championships records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ European Championships, 17 April 2011
  2. ^ "LEN European Championships aquatic finalists - All time medals tables" (PDF). len.eu. p. 203. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  3. ^ "EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AQUATIC FINALISTS 1926 – 2016 – by Kelvin Juba" (PDF). len.eu. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Female swimmer with the most medals in the history of Euro Aquatics Championships". Swimming Stats. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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