The 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships officially got under way in Budapest and Balatonfüred with the event’s opening ceremonies on Friday evening and Saturday morning respectively. The championships, which run until July 30, feature some 2,000 athletes from over 180 countries competing across six disciplines.
Here below you can see the most important results of the first two days. Click here to see a photo collection of the last three days:
15 JULY – SATURDAY
Open water swimming – Men’s 5km
Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) became the first French man to win a world title in open water swimming. Olivier had claimed bronze in men’s 10km at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Mario Sanzullo (ITA) took silver and gave Italy its 10th medal in men’s 5km event at the World Championships. Timothy Shuttleworth (GBR) claimed the first bronze medal for Great Britain in open water swimming at the World Championships. Hungarian swimmers Kristóf Rasovszky and Márk Papp finished 7th and 31st respectively.
Synchro swimming – Solo Technical
Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS) won her 13th gold medal in synchro swimming at the World Championships, and her first one in an individual event. Ona Carbonell (ESP) took silver to claim her 21st medal in synchro swimming at the World Championships. Only Russia’s Svetlana Romashina (RUS, 22) and Natalia Ishchenko (RUS, 22) have won more medals. Anna Voloshyna (UKR) claimed her fifth medal, all bronze. Hungary’s Szofi Kiss finished 13th.
Diving – 10m Platform Synchro Mixed
Lian Junjie (CHN, 3 November 2000) became the first man born after 1 January 2000 to win a medal in diving at the World Championships. His current diving partner Ren Qian (CHN, 20 February 2001) became the first woman born in this century to win a medal when she took silver in women’s 10m platform in 2015. Hyon II Myong (bronze) became the first man from DPR Korea to claim a World Championship medal in diving.
Diving – Women’s 1m Springboard
Maddison Keeney (AUS) became the second world champion in this event representing Australia after Irina Lashko (AUS) won in 2003. That year was the last time China failed to make it to the podium in this event. Chen Yiwen (CHN) finished fourth. Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS) claimed silver, the best Russian result in this event since Yulia Pakhalina (RUS) won the world title in 2009. With Elena Bertocchi (ITA) claiming the bronze medal, Italy is the only country with at least one medal in this event from the last four editions (including 2017).
Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard Synchro
Ilya Zakharov (RUS)/Evgeniy Kuznetsov (RUS) became the first non-Chinese winners of this event since the victory of fellow Russians Dobroskok and Sautin in 2003. Xie Siyi (CHN) and Cao Yuan (CHN) finished second which was the second time when China did not clinch gold. Illya Kvasha (UKR) and Oleg Kolodiy (UKR) are the first Ukrainian medallists in this event at the World Championships.
16 JULY – SUNDAY
Open water swimming – Women’s 10km
Aurelie Muller of France won her second consecutive 10km world title finishing in 2:00.13.7 after battling Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal for more than half of the race. France continued to enjoy another triumph in the waters of Lake Balaton claiming their second gold medal of the open water events after Marc-Antoine Olivier captured first place in Saturday’s 5km race. Muller and Olivier are both coached by Philippe Lucas who is currently responsible for continuing one of the richest legacy of open water champions. Ecuador’s Arevalo clinched the silver medal, while Italy’s Bridi took the bronze. Hungarian swimmers Anna Olasz and Kata Sömenek Onon finished 8th and 27th respectively.
Women’s synchro swimming duet technical event
Russian duet Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Alexandra Patskevich clinched gold with 95.0515 points.This gold medal represents Russia’s 6th victory as the country has been collecting all gold on offer for this event since 2007. Chinese duet Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen took silver today in 94.0775 points (against 92.9033) offering an elegant and highly technical routine under a Spanish-inspired song. Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna and Yelyzaveta Yakhno were delighted to come third with 92.6482 points and give their country’s a first ever medal in the duet tech at a FINA World Championships.
Diving, 1m Springboard Men
China won the men’s 1m Springboard event for the sixth time in a row. It is China’s 10th win in total in this event, in 12 total editions. It is the sixth time China claim gold and silver in this event.Peg Jianfeng (CHN – gold) won his first medal at the World Championships, while He Chao (CHN – silver) took his second medal, after gold in the men’s 3m Springboard in 2015. Giovanni Tocci (ITA) – bronze) claimed his first medalat the World Championships.
Women’s 10m Synchro Platform
China has now won this event at all nine World Championships since Ukraine won in 1998. Ren Qian (CHN) is the first to win multiple gold medals at the 2017 World Championships. She also won gold in the 10m Platform Synchro Mixed event. Si Yajie (CHN) won her third gold medal in diving, and in three platform events at three World Championships – 10m Platform Women in 2013, 10m PlatfromSynchro Mixed in 2015 and 10m Platform Synchro Women in 2017. While DPR Korea took silver in this event, Malaysia won the bronze medal.
Women’s Water Polo – Day 1
As expected, Hungary dominated their first game and took control of it early on, they scored eight in the second quarter alone. Barbara Bujka scored five of Hungary’s first ten, but Hungary’s other center, Ildikó Tóth scored four times as well. The most spectacular goal of the game came from Hungary’s captain, Rita Keszthelyi with an amazing twist shot. The great audience was able to shout out the name of world championship rookie Dorottya Szilágyi a couple of times as well. Speaking of the audience, the atmosphere was unbelievable in the Hajós Alfréd Complex for the first game of the host team. Japan was able to come back a little bit in the final quarter, which they won 5 to 3. Their best players were Minori Yamamoto and Yumi Arima, who each scored four times.
Italy-Canada 10-4 (1-2, 2-0, 3-0, 4-2)
Brazil-China 4-11 (2-4, 0-2, 2-1, 0-4)
New Zealand-Spain 2-10 (0-3, 1-1, 0-2, 1-4)
Republic of South Africa–United States 2-24 (0-6, 0-7, 2-5, 0-6)
Netherlands-France 17-2 (7-0, 5-0, 3-1, 2-1)
Hungary-Japan 20-11 (4-1, 8-3, 5-2, 3-5)
Australia – Kazakhstan 16-4 (4-1, 4-1, 4-2, 4-0)
Russia-Greece 9-7 (2-1, 4-3, 2-3, 1-0)
MEDAL TABLE (after 2 days)
via fina-budapest2017.com; cover photo: Balázs Czagány – MTI