Fina World Junior Swimming begins Monday in UAE
The UAE has once again come to the fore in the sporting arena with the 4th Fina World Junior Swimming Championships that gets under way at the Hamdan Sports Complex from Monday, attracting a record 753 swimmers from 91 countries.
First held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships had Italy walk away with top honours with its 16 swimmers winning 17 medals, including nine gold, six silver and two bronze.
Two years later in Monterrey, Mexico witnessed the participation of about 600 swimmers from 66 countries. The USA was the best team overall with their women’s team winning 17 of the total 21 medals on offer leaving Russia in second and New Zealand in third.
In 2011, the third edition of the competition was held in Lima, Peru and this saw 528 swimmers from 58 countries participating. A total of 42 new championship records were set and it was the USA once again dominating ahead of Canada and Japan.
“There’s been a huge increase from the previous three editions of this championships and this is indicative of the increase in interest and growth of competition at the junior level,” said Carol Zaleski, Chairman, Fina’s technical committee.
“I am convinced we will have a very high quality of swimming here and we will be witness to some of the future Olympic champions. I am sure there will be some new junior records set here and hopefully a few world records as well,” Zaleski hoped.