The majority of Hungarian swimmers entering the 17th FINA World Championships raced on the first day of the Budapest Championships. Swimmers could test the pool and other facilities of Duna Arena this time. In the beginning members of the Hungarian national team were probably busy getting around in the building, then they could test the pool. They all agreed that the arena is fantastic, the pool is fast, they need some more time to get used to distances but the overall impression of the world class complex is incredible.
Zsuzsanna Jakabos, European champion swimmer:
I just love the Arena, the water temperature is good, I have always loved it when the water is so deep and you can get to see the tiles on the bottom. On the sides there are berms to stand on. The facility is ideal and all in all what we see is amazing. So far I loved every part of it, the arena looks gigantic so it was useful to come, check the grandstands, find directions and get around. Still I hope there will be notice signs to help us find our way.
Boglárka Kapás, Olympic bronze medallist swimmer:
We have been training here for a couple of weeks now and I like it. Previously I used the training pool only but plunging into the competition pool for the first time felt like being in a different swimming pool. It was a good idea to save this experience for today. Today I only trained here but from tomorrow I will use it in competition mode and I am looking forward to racing in it. Currently we are focusing on the fundamentals of preparation and I am a bit exhausted so it is good to have some new stimulus to get me out of the exhaustion.
Benjamin Grátz, youth Olympic champion
This is my first visit to Duna Arena and I am amazed. This view definitely raises brows. As of now we are trying to get around and memorise what to find where. The pool is great, I cannot even imagine what the atmosphere will be like when packed with spectators. Previously I saw the facility in photos only, I am simply amazed by its size, I can hardly believe that we would be swimming here. First I tried to observe its dimensions and the ceiling to find reference points. It was a fantastic experience as if entering my first competition.
Dalma Sebestyén, youth Olympic champion
When I entered I had butterflies in my stomach. This swimming pool is wonderful, the atmosphere is great. As I was coming in I really could anticipate the atmosphere of the World Championships so I cannot find the words to describe what we have seen.
Krisztián Takács, European championships bronze medallist
When I first entered it felt as I was not in Hungary. The pool is really good, a bit deeper than the standard 1.80 m because with that depth there would be waves. It is an important aspect for me in 50m freestyle since if we 8 plunge into the water it causes waves, but in a deeper pool it is eliminated and that is really good news for me. I hope I will be racing successfully in 50m freestyle. My goal is to make it to the finals, of course. I hope I can achieve it. Home crowd motivates me a great deal.
Ádám Telegdy, Hungarian champion
At this stage of preparation, I am extremely exhausted and this tournament now allows us to try swimming in Duna Arena. Although it will be much better with spectators filling the arena, everything is well-organised and I must say swimming here it just great. This is my second time in the pool but I am still amazed by its size. Entering the facility one does not even see the top of the grandstands. The atmosphere at the World Championships will definitely be extraordinary. The facility is high end, I could compare it to the Olympic Aquatics Centre of London only.
Dávid Sós, Junior World Championships silver medallist
I would really like to make it to the World Championships. I have been training really hard since January but so far I have not managed to do so. What I lose in one field life compensates in another. This summer I will be racing at the Universiade, but I still have a little hope to enter the World Championships in Budapest. The swimming pool is exquisite, I would love to swim here in July, too.