Not only Budapest but also Balatonfüred will be in the centre of attention for one week next summer, as the open water swimming events of the 2017 FINA World Championships will be held in the ’capital of the North shore of the Lake Balaton’ from 15 to 21 July.
Balatonfüred is a kind of central venue of open water swimming in Hungary with a great tradition. The first Bay Swim of Baron Miklós Wesselényi took place there in 1820, and the Balaton Bay Swim is held every year in honour of that. In the year of 1880 Kálmán Szekrényessy swam from Balatonfüred to Siófok, and that also turned to a traditional contest for many years in the past. Regarding the last couple of years, the city has hosted not only the Hungarian championships, but also World Cup and European Cup events, as well as the 2014 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. The 2017 FINA World Championships will be of course the biggest and most important sport event int he history of the Balaton region.
The programme will start in Balatonfüred with the men’s 5 km competition on Saturday, 15 July, followed by the women’s 10 km contest on Sunday. After the rest day on Monday the men’s 10 km event will be held on Tuesday, the women’s 5 km on Wednesday, the team event – maybe as a 4x1250 m team relay competition like at the World Junior Championships and at the European Junior Championships in 2016 – on Thursday and the 25 km on Friday.
Swimmers can qualify for the FINA World Championships based on the criteria determined by the national federations. Every nation can be represented by 2 athletes in each individual competition and by 1 team in the team event.
Balatonfüred wants to be a good host during the World Championships, and those who will visit the city will have the chance to take part in different cultural events as well.