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2013 World Aquatics Championships

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Host city  Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s)  Palau Sant Jordi
Athletes participating  2293
Date(s)  20 July–4 August
Nations participating  181
2013 World Aquatics Championships

The 15th FINA World Championships (Catalan: Campionat Mundial de Natació de 2013, Spanish: Campeonato Mundial de Natación de 2013) were held from July 20 to August 4 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The 2013 World Championships featured 6 aquatics disciplines: swimming, water polo, diving, high diving, open water, and synchronised swimming.


The Championships were originally awarded to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in July 2009; however, Dubai withdrew as host in May 2010. FINA then re-bid the meet, and Barcelona was selected on September 26, 2010.


The venues that hosted the events were previously used for the 2003 World Aquatics Championships:

  • Palau Sant Jordi (swimming, synchronized swimming)
  • Port Vell (open water swimming, high diving)
  • Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (diving)
  • Piscines Bernat Picornell (water polo)
  • Schedule

    This was the first time the World Aquatic Championships included high diving.

    The opening ceremonies took place on July 19, 2013.

    Medal table

      *   Host nation

    Open water swimming

    On the first day of competition on July 20, American Haley Anderson won the first gold of the competition in the women's 5 km, just beating Brazilian Poliana Okimoto 56:34.2 to 56:34.4. In the second event on day one, Tunisian Oussama Mellouli won the men's 5 km race with a time of 53:30.4.

    World records

    The following world records were established during the competition:

    Participating nations

    181 nations entered the competition. Ecuador, currently suspended by FINA, participated under the FINA flag as independent athletes.


    2013 World Aquatics Championships Wikipedia

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