FINA World Aquatics Championships

FINA World Aquatics Championships
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Statusactive
Genresporting event
Date(s)mid-year
Frequencybiennial
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1973 (1973)
Most recent2019
Organised byFINA

The FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are the World Championships for aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo. They are run by FINA, and all swimming events are contested in a long course (50-metre) pool.

The event was first held in 1973 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and is now held every two years. From 1978 to 1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. Since 2001, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.

Athletes from all 209 FINA members could take part in the competition. In 2019, records were set for the most countries participating, with 192 members, and the most athletes participating, with 2,623 athletes.[1]

Championships[edit]

Year Date Edition Location Athletes Events Events details Winner of the medal table Second of the medal table Third of the medal table
1973 31 August – 9 September 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia 686 37 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Italy
1975 19–27 July 2 Colombia Cali, Colombia 682 37 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Hungary
1978 20–28 August 3 West Germany West Berlin, West Germany 828 37 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  Soviet Union  Canada
1982 29 July – 8 August 4 Ecuador Guayaquil, Ecuador 848 37 18 (m), 19 (f)  United States  East Germany  Soviet Union
1986 13–23 August 5 Spain Madrid, Spain 1119 41 19 (m), 22 (f)  East Germany  United States  Canada
1991 3–13 January 6 Australia Perth, Australia 1142 45 21 (m), 24 (f)  United States  China  Hungary
1994 1–11 September 7 Italy Rome, Italy 1400 45 21 (m), 24 (f)  China  United States  Russia
1998 8–17 January 8 Australia Perth, Australia 1371 55 26 (m), 29 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2001 16–29 July 9 Japan Fukuoka, Japan 1498 61 29 (m), 32 (f)  Australia  China  United States
2003 12–27 July 10 Spain Barcelona, Spain 2015 62 29 (m), 33 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2005 16–31 July 11 Canada Montreal, Canada 1784 62 29 (m), 33 (f)  United States  Australia  China
2007 18 March – 1 April 12 Australia Melbourne, Australia 2158 65 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  Russia  Australia
2009 17 July – 2 August 13 Italy Rome, Italy 2556 65 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  China  Russia
2011 16–31 July 14 China Shanghai, China 2220 65 29 (m), 36 (f)  United States  China  Russia
2013 19 July – 4 August 15 Spain Barcelona, Spain[2][3][4] 2293 68 30 (m), 37 (f), 1 (mixed)  United States  China  Russia
2015 24 July – 9 August 16 Russia Kazan, Russia[5] 2400 75 30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)  China  United States  Russia
2017 14–30 July 17 Hungary Budapest, Hungary[6] 2360 75 30 (m), 37 (f), 8 (mixed)  United States  China  Russia
2019 12–28 July[7] 18 South Korea Gwangju, South Korea 2623 76 30 (m), 38 (f), 8 (mixed)  China  United States  Russia
2021 16 July – 1 August 19 Japan Fukuoka, Japan
2023 20 Qatar Doha, Qatar
2025 21 Russia Kazan, Russia
2027 22 Hungary Budapest, Hungary

All-time medal table[edit]

Updated after the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States268204150622
2 China14610674326
3 Russia1057362240
4 Australia899775261
5 East Germany514427122
6 Hungary38293097
7 Italy373858133
8 Germany355764156
9 Great Britain29234597
10 France26262779
11 Canada234455122
12 Netherlands17352981
13 Soviet Union16282872
14 Sweden15181750
15 Brazil15141544
16 Japan123969120
17 South Africa1261533
18 Ukraine10112546
19 Spain9352670
20 West Germany871227
21 Poland69823
22 Denmark48820
23 Greece45514
24 Zimbabwe4509
25 Serbia4217
26 Finland3227
27 Croatia2349
28 Tunisia2248
29 Romania21710
30 Belarus2136
 Yugoslavia2136
32 South Korea2024
33 Mexico181322
34  Switzerland1517
35 Lithuania1225
36 Norway1214
37 Bulgaria1146
 Malaysia1146
39 Belgium1124
 Costa Rica1124
 North Korea1124
 Yugoslavia /
 Serbia and Montenegro
1124
43 Colombia1001
 Suriname1001
45 New Zealand05611
46 Austria0336
47 Slovakia0325
48 Czech Republic0303
49 Cuba0112
 Czechoslovakia0112
 Iceland0112
 Jamaica0112
53 Ecuador0101
 Montenegro0101
55 Egypt0033
56 Argentina0022
 Singapore0022
58 Puerto Rico0011
 Trinidad and Tobago0011
 Venezuela0011
Totals (60 nations)1010101610083034
  • Record(*).  United States: 1978, (23 gold medals, 44 medals in total)

Multiple medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count per type.

Rank Athlete Country Gender Discipline From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps  United States M Swimming 2001 2011 26 6 1 33
2 Svetlana Romashina  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2005 2019 21 21
3 Natalia Ishchenko  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2005 2015 19 2 21
4 Ryan Lochte  United States M Swimming 2005 2015 18 5 4 27
5 Svetlana Kolesnichenko  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2011 2019 16 16
6 Katie Ledecky  United States F Swimming 2013 2019 15 3 18
7 Alla Shishkina  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2009 2019 14 14
8 Caeleb Dressel  United States M Swimming 2017 2019 13 2 15
9 Anastasia Davydova  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2001 2011 13 1 14
10 Alexandra Patskevich  Russia F Synchronised swimming 2009 2017 13 13

Disciplines[edit]

Except as noted below, there are male and female categories for each event.

Diving[edit]

Men's and women's events:

  • 1 m springboard
  • 3 m springboard
  • 10 m platform
  • synchronized 3 m springboard
  • synchronized 10 m platform

Mixed events added at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships:

  • synchronized 3 m springboard
  • synchronized 10 m platform
  • 3 m springboard / 10 m platform team

High diving[edit]

  • 27m (men only)
  • 20m (women only)

High diving included since the 15th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2013 in Barcelona

Open water swimming[edit]

  • 5 km
  • 10 km
  • 25 km
  • Mixed Team

Open water swimming was first held at the 1991 FINA World Championships.

Swimming[edit]

Distance Free Back Breast Fly I.M. Free relay Medley relay Mixed free relay Mixed medley relay
50 m
100 m
200 m
400 m
800 m
1500 m

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Except for Free Combination and Highlight, all events include technical and free routines, with medals awarded separately.

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's tournament
  • Women's tournament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "18th FINA World Championships: Entry List by Event" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ Originally awarded in July 2009 to Dubai, UAE. Dubai withdrew in March 2010.
  3. ^ PR54 - Dubai (UAE) will be the Organising City Archived 27 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine (FINA Press Release #2009-54); published by FINA on 2009-07-18, retrieved 2009-07-20.
  4. ^ Press Release 2013-51: Barcelona 2013: new record of participation with 181 nations in Barcelona (ESP) Archived 14 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Published by FINA on 2013-07-18; retrieved 2013-07-19.
  5. ^ UPDATE 1-Swimming-Celebrations as Kazan awarded 2015 world champs published by Reuters on 2011-07-15.
  6. ^ "Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017" (Press release). FINA. 11 March 2015. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  7. ^ FINA.org

External links[edit]

Media related to World Aquatics Championships at Wikimedia Commons