The best male and female athletes of the year across FINA’s six disciplines were award Sunday in Windsor, Canada.
The awards were handed out on the occasion of the third edition of the FINA World Aqutics Gala Diner which now has a long-time partner Chinese giant Alisports. The partnership will run up to 2025 – announced by FINA Communication Department.
The gala pays tribute to the greatest aquatic stars of the year. Four additional awards were presented for the best swimming performances of the year as well as two special awards: the FINA award and the Alisports Award who respectively went to Michael Phelps and diving ace Ruolin Chen (CHN).
The 2016 winners are:
Men: Michael Phelps
Women: Katinka Hosszú
Women: Unites States
Men: Chen Asien
Women: Shi Tingmao
Women: Svetlana Romashina
Women: Natalia Ishchenko
Men: Ferry Weertman
Women: Sharon Rouwendaal
Men: Gary Hunt
Women: Lysanne Richard
The following coaches were also rewarded on the occasion:
Bob Bowman (coach of Michael Phelps, USA)
Shane Tusup (coach of Katinka Hosszu, HUN)
Dejan Savic (coach of Team Serbia, men’s water polo)
Adam Krikorian (coach of Team USA, women’s water polo
Alex Rochas (coach of Gary Hunt GBR)
Chris Huber (coach of Lysanne Richard CAN)
Marcel Wouda (coach of Ferry Weertman, NED)
Philippe Lucas (coach of Sharon Rouwendaal, NED)
Tatiana Danchenko (coach of Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko, RUS)
Liu Ben (coach of Chen Aisen, CHN)
Liu Ben (coach of Shi Tingmao, CHN)
The FINA Media Award of 2016 was awarded to Clémentine Blondet, from the French sport daily newspaper L'Equipe.