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Barcelona 2013 sets new record of participation with 181 nations

July 18, 2013

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A record number of 2,293 athletes have confirmed their participation for the 15th FINA World Championships (compared with 2,220 at Shanghai 2011). The U.S. sends the biggest team to Barcelona (193 athletes) while Somalia will only be represented by one swimmer.

A record number of athletes and nations will take part in the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 which will witness the world’s best aquatic athletes vying for honors from 19 July to 4 August. In total, 2,293 athletes from 181 nations will compete in the Catalan capital this summer, as confirmed Julio Cesar Maglione, FINA president.

In the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, 177 countries and 2,220 athletes participated. With the new records established, Barcelona 2013 has become one of the most multitudinous sporting events held in the recent years.

There will be 1,144 athletes in the swimming competition, 416 in water polo, 308 in synchronized swimming, 231 divers, 173 open water swimmers and 21 high divers.

Teams sending most athletes to Barcelona for the World Championships include the U.S. (193), China (191), Canada (167), Great Britain (156) and Australia (133). Host country Spain will be represented by 124 athletes, competing in all aquatic events except for high diving, which will be held at the FINA World Championships for the first time in history.

Countries that will be represented by the fewest number of athletes are Somalia, having only named one swimmer for Barcelona 2013, the Cook Islands and Lesotho, with two athletes each, as well as Samoa, Bermuda and Zimbabwe (3 each). All athletes will participate at the BCN2013 Opening Ceremony to be held on 19 July.

During the 16-day competition, 40 finals will be held in swimming (28 July to 4 August), 10 in diving (20 to 28 July), seven in synchronized swimming (20 to 27 July), seven in open water swimming (20 to 27 July), two in high diving (29 to 31 July) and two in water polo (21 July to 3 August).

The venues of the 15th FINA World Championships are located on Montjuïc Mountain in Barcelona and comprise an indoor arena (Palau Sant Jordi) for swimming and synchronized swimming, the Picornell Pool for water polo and an outdoor pool (Montjuïc Municipal Pool) for diving.

The open water swimming and high diving events will be held at Moll de la Fusta, Port of Barcelona.


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