The 2021 FINA World Championships were originally scheduled to be held in Japan, two years after the 2019 South Korean Games, but were postponed first because of the Olympics and then again due to pandemic-related issues.
Not to leave a four-year gap, it was announced that a special event will be held this year – meaning there will be a FINA World Championships for the first time in four consecutive years.
Next year will see the long-awaited Japanese event, followed by a one-year postponed championship in 2024 in Qatar and then returning to its usual biennial status from 2025 in Russia.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event.
When are the 2022 FINA World Championships?
The championships will take place from June 18th to July 3rd.
Where are the World Championships held?
The championships will be held at several locations in Hungary.
The swimming and diving competitions will be held in the Danube Arena, while the open water swimming will be held at the Lupa Lake.
Artistic swimming and water polo are held at the Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium, while water polo also takes place at the Debrecen Swimming Pool, the Szeged Swimming Pool and in Sopron.
Which sports are included?
There will be a total of 74 events spread across five disciplines – swimming, open water swimming, artistic swimming, diving and water polo.
Who will compete?
Athletes from 207 FINA members are eligible, two fewer than in 2019, since FINA banned all Russians and Belarusians from participating in the championships following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
In 2019, participants from 192 countries took part – an absolute record.
Who are the most successful countries and athletes at the championships?
The United States leads the all-time medal tally with 622 medals, including 268 golds, followed by China with 326 (146 golds), Russia with 240 (105 golds), Australia with 261 (89 golds), and East Germany with 122 (51 golds) .
Individually, US swimmer Michael Phelps has won the most medals, including 26 golds, with 33, followed by Russian synchronized swimmer with 21 medals (all gold), Russian synchronized swimmer Natalia Ishchenko with 21 medals (19 gold), and American swimmer Ryan Lochte with 27 medals (18 gold).
Who are Britain’s greatest hopes?
Britain has so far announced a 23-man team that will compete in the pool in the first major international gathering since a historic feat at the Olympics last year.
Seven of Britain’s Olympic champions from nine months ago – Anna Hopkin, Tom Dean, Kathleen Dawson, James Guy, Freya Anderson, Duncan Scott and Matt Richards – will perform.
James Wilby and Luke Greenbank, who also won medals at the Olympics and were crowned world champions at the last World Championships in Gwangju three years ago, will also be selected to compete at the legendary Danube Arena.
But Adam Peaty was ruled out after breaking a bone in his foot.
How much is the prize money?
There will be a total prize pool of US$5,720,000, including a US$50,000 bonus for anyone who sets a new world record in an individual swimming event – the highest ever prize pool for a FINA World Championship.
For all individual events and synchronized duet, gold medalists will receive $20,000, silver medalists $10,000 and bronze medalists $5,000.
In water polo, the top three teams will receive $80,000, $70,000 and $60,000 respectively.
And in the team and free synchronized swimming competitions, podium-placed teams win $50,000. $40,000 and $30,000.
How can I watch in the UK?
The BBC is expected to provide full coverage of the 2022 Championships, but a full timetable is yet to be released.
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