Swimming at the Mediterranean Games

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Swimming is one of the sports at the quadrennial Mediterranean Games competition, a regional multi-sports event open to athletes from countries located around the Mediterranean Sea. It has been one of the sports featured in every event since the inaugural edition in 1951.

Editions[edit]

Games Year Host city Host country Swimming events Top medallists
M F
I 1951 Alexandria  Egypt 7 France France
II 1955 Barcelona  Spain 8 France France
III 1959 Beirut  Lebanon 8 Italy Italy
IV 1963 Naples  Italy 8 Italy Italy
V 1967 Tunis  Tunisia 8 3 Spain Spain
VI 1971 İzmir  Turkey 15 7 Italy Italy
VII 1975 Algiers  Algeria 15 6 Italy Italy
VIII 1979 Split  Yugoslavia 13 13 Italy Italy
IX 1983 Casablanca  Morocco 15 14 Italy Italy
X 1987 Latakia  Syria 15 14 Italy Italy
XI 1991 Athens  Greece 16 15 France France
XII 1993 Mende, Lozère  France 16 15 France France
XIII 1997 Bari  Italy 17 16 Italy Italy
XIV 2001 Tunis  Tunisia 16 16 Spain Spain
XV 2005 Almería  Spain 20 20 France France
XVI 2009 Pescara  Italy 19 19 Italy Italy
XVII 2013 Mersin  Turkey 19 19 Italy Italy
XVIII 2018 Tarragona  Spain 19 19 Italy Italy

Events[edit]

As of the most recent 2018 edition, the swimming program features 19 men's and 19 women's events. Four men's events have been held every time since the inaugural 1951 edition (100 m freestyle, 400 m freestyle, 200 m breaststroke, and 4 × 200 m freestyle relay).

In the first four editions from 1951 to 1963 the swimming program only featured men's events. The program was expanded to include women for the 1967 edition, with only three events initially available to them (100 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, 100 m breaststroke). New events were gradually added over the decades so that full parity was achieved by 2001.

All current events are contested by men and women, the sole exception being the longest-distance freestyle swimming race - the 1500 m event is men only and the 800 m event is women only.

Men's events[edit]

Event 51 55 59 63 67 71 75 79 83 87 91 93 97 01 05 09 13 18 Games
Current program
Freestyle 50 m X X X X X X X X 8
100 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
200 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
400 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
1500 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 17
Backstroke 50 m X X X X 4
100 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 17
200 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
Breaststroke 50 m X X X X 4
100 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
200 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
Butterfly 50 m X X X X 4
100 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
200 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 16
Individual medley 200 m X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 m X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
Relays 4 × 100 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 200 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
4 × 100 m medley X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 17
Past events
3 × 100 m medley relay X 1
15 km open water X 1
800 m freestyle X 1
Events 7 8 8 8 8 15 15 13 15 15 16 16 17 16 20 19 19 19

Women's events[edit]

Event 51 55 59 63 67 71 75 79 83 87 91 93 97 01 05 09 13 18 Games
Current program
50 m freestyle X X X X X X X X 8
100 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
200 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X 11
400 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
800 m freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X 11
50 m backstroke X X X X 4
100 m backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
200 m backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X 11
50 m breaststroke X X X X 4
100 m breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
200 m breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X 11
50 m butterfly X X X X 4
100 m butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
200 m butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X 11
200 m individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X 11
400 m individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X 11
4 × 100 m freestyle relay X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
4 × 200 m freestyle relay X X X X X 5
4 × 100 m medley relay X X X X X X X X X X X 11
Past events
15 km open water X 1
1500 m freestyle X 1
Events 0 0 0 0 3 7 6 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 20 19 19 19

All-time medal table[edit]

Updated after the 2018 Mediterranean Games

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Italy201159129489
2 France1159271278
3 Spain63109117289
4 Serbia20212566
5 Greece16294792
6 Tunisia127625
7 Slovenia11151238
8 Algeria62412
9 Croatia59923
10 Egypt571022
11 Turkey161825
12 Cyprus1236
13 Portugal0134
Totals (13 nations)4564594541369

Games records[edit]

References[edit]

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