The 17th FINA World Championships is the biggest sport event in history of Budapest and Hungary. The home crowds can cheer on and admire the nation’s aquatic stars from an arm’s reach, while the athletes will have a very special experience competing in Hungary.
Hungary is hosting the FINA World Championships for the first time. On FINA’s overall medal rankings the Central European country is currently placed seventh, with 31 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze medals. However, Hungary has a long and great tradition in hosting aquatic events: the European Championships for aquatic were held here in 1926, in 1958, in 2006 and in 2010, while the water polo European Championships took place on the Margaret Island in 2001 and 2014 .
SERBIA VISITS BUDAPEST AS AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION
Although the domestic crowd will support the Hungarian teams of course during the water polo tournament, the Serbian men’s team will represent the neighbouring country for the first time as the defending Olympic Champion.
After the unsuccessful Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, Serbia reached the top in Rio de Janeiro, so Dejan Savic’s squad will come to Budapest as the reigning European, World, Olympic and World League Champions.
Draw of the water polo tournament of the 17th FINA World Championships will be held on February 24 in Budapest.
AMAZING SIGHTS AND PERFORMANCES
The world-famous City Park (Városliget) and Heroes’ Square attract tens of thousands of tourists throughout the year, locals spend their leisure time here. From spring until autumn, running races, basketball tournaments take place in the Park, while thousands of skaters ‘occupy’ the Ice Rink during wintertime. The latest international sports event that took place here were the Long Track Speed Skating European Championships in 2012.
The synchronised swimming event of the 17th FINA World Championships will be held on the City Park’s lake in a temporary pool, surrounded by grandstands seating 5000 spectators. It is the first outdoor, temporary venue in the history of the FINA World Championships which is not in an aquatics complex.
The events of synchronised swimming will start on the first day of the FINA World Championships (July 14) and conclude on July 22.
FIRST BRITISH OLYMPIC CHAMPION DIVERS VISIT BUDAPEST
Tom Daley, who participated in Beijing as the youngest athlete of Team GB (he was only 14), by now has a great fan group around the world, he became World champion in 2009 and in 2015, too.
At the Rio Games in 2016, the first British Olympic gold in diving was finally won by Chris Mears and Jack Laugher in the 10 m synchro event. This duo from Leeds won the only non-Chinese gold during the diving competitions at the Olympics in Rio. In 2017, they can be the favourites of the diving events in the Dagály Aquatics Arena.
SWIMMING AND DIVING IN FRONT OF 12 000 PEOPLE
The Dagály Aquatics Arena is finishing up to be the biggest capacity aquatics complex of Hungary, more people will be able to watch the excitements of the 17th FINA World Championships than at the 2006 or 2010 European Aquatic Championships.
Swimming part of the World Championships will start on 23 of July and finished on 30 of July and during this time hundreds of thousands can visit this complex.
WANDERING FANS AROUND THE CITY
International athletes from six aquatic disciplines will fight at five different competition venues during the 17th FINA World Championships – and the competition schedule has been especially designed to enable fans to enjoy a bit (or a lot) of everything!
The opening day (July 14) will see the start of the diving and synchronised swimming competitions, while on the next day open water swimming will start in Balatonfüred. On July 16 and from July 18 to 22 events of four disciplines will take place at the same time: in Budapest everyone can check out the Dagály Aquatics Complex, the Lake of the City Park and the Alfred Hajós Complex on Margaret Island.