2017 World Aquatics Championships

The 17th FINA World Championships (Hungarian: 2017-es úszó-világbajnokság) were held in Budapest, Hungary from 14 to 30 July 2017.[1][2]

17th FINA World Championships
Host cityBudapest, Hungary
Date(s)14–30 July
Venue(s)Danube Arena,
Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium,
Lake Balaton
Nations participating182
Athletes participating2,360
Officially opened byJános Áder

Host selection

On 15 July 2011, at the biennial General Congress of FINA in Shanghai, the host-city of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, Guadalajara, Mexico was announced as the winning bid. Kazan, Russia was awarded the 2015 Championships in the same vote, whereas the rival bid from Hong Kong, China was left unrewarded. Guangzhou (China) and Montreal (Canada) withdrew their bids shortly before the vote.

In February 2015, Mexico withdrew from hosting the world championships with organizers saying they could not afford the $100 million price tag that goes with hosting the multi-sport aquatic event.[3] On 11 March 2015, it was announced that Budapest would host the 2017 Championships.[4] The city was originally slated to host the 2021 edition.[5]


The logo of 2017 World Aquatics Championships was inspired by water and Hungarian folk art. The White water roses Lali (male) and Lili (female) in swimming costumes were selected as mascots of championships.[6] Slogan of the championships is Water, Wonder, Welcome.

The Hungarian National Bank issued a commemorative version of the 50 Ft circulation coin on the occasion of the 17th FINA World Championships to be held in Hungary.[7] and Hungarian Post produced 200,000 stamps and the commemorative booklet with envelope and stamp of first day mail cancellation.[8]


The two main competition venues are located in Budapest: Danube Arena, a brand-new indoor swimming pool complex for swimming and diving on the eastern bank of the Danube just north of Margaret Island, and the existing Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium, on Margaret Island itself, for water polo. Open water swimming events are held at Lake Balaton.[9] High diving and synchronised swimming are held at temporary venues in Budapest.


A total of 75 Medal events are held across six disciplines.

All dates are CEST (UTC+2)
Opening ceremony Other competitions Finals Closing ceremony MMen's matches WWomen's matches
July 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Total
Swimming 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 8 42
Open water swimming 1 1 1 1 1 2 7
Synchronized swimming 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 9
Diving 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 13
High diving 1 1 2
Water polo W M W M W M W M W M W M W M 2

Medal table

  *   Host nation

1 United States21121346
2 China1212630
3 Russia116825
4 France6129
5 Great Britain53311
6 Italy43916
7 Australia35412
8 Sweden3104
9 Hungary*2529
10 Brazil2428
11 Spain1506
12 Netherlands1416
13 Canada1157
14 Malaysia1012
 South Africa1012
16 Croatia1001
17 Japan0459
18 Ukraine0279
19 Germany0213
20 Mexico0202
21 North Korea0112
22 Czech Republic0101
25 Belarus0022
26 Denmark0011
Totals (29 nations)757677228

Participating nations

Media coverage

In the United States, NBCUniversal holds rights to the event.[10][11] Events shall be televised on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel.[12] In the UK, the championships have been shown on the BBC Red Button and BBC Two.


  1. FINA Announces Dates for 2017 World Championships; Masters Worlds to Follow published by SwimSwam on 17 June 2014.
  2. Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Kazan (RUS) and Guadalajara (MEX), next organisers ); posted by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) on 15 July 2011; retrieved 2011-08-01.
  3. «México renuncia al Mundial de Natación 2017 por falta de dinero». El Mundo, 18 February 2015.
  4. Budapest (HUN) to host FINA World Championships in 2017 Archived 27 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. «Gwangju, Budapest win right to host worlds» Reuters, 31 July 2017
  6. "Gifts: available in the webshop and at the venues of the World Championships". fina-budapest2017.com. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. "50 forint circulation coin in the honour of the 17th FINA World Championships". mnb.hu. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. "World Aquatics Championship in Budapest-Balatonfüred, 2017". posta.hu. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. Budapest's New Pool To Host FINA Words in 2017 Archived 7 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine posted by swimvortex.com; retrieved 23 July 2013.
  10. "FINA partners with Universal Sports: new media rights agreement in the USA until 2021". FINA. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  11. "NBCUniversal acquires Universal Sports programming from World Championship Sports Network". NBC Sports Group. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  12. "Olympic Sports Schedule". NBC Sports Group. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
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