LEN European Aquatics Championships

The European Aquatics Championships is the continental Aquatics championship for Europe, which is organised by LEN—the governing body for aquatics in Europe. The Championships are currently held every two years (in even years); and since 1999, they have included 4 aquatics disciplines: Swimming (long course/50m pool), Diving, Synchronised swimming and Open water swimming. Prior to 1999, the championships also included Water polo, which beginning in 1999 LEN split-off into a separate championships. The open water events are not held during the Olympic year.

European Aquatics Championships
Genresporting event
Inaugurated1926 (1926)

The Championships are generally held over a two-week time-period in mid-to-late Summer; however, in the most recent Summer Olympics years (2004, 2008 and 2012), the Championships were moved to the Spring to be moved away from the Summer Olympic Games.

The swimming portion of these championships is considered one of the pre-eminent swimming competitions in the world. Note however that LEN also conducts an annual short-course (25 meters) swimming championship, which is a completely separate and a completely distinct event (typically held in early December).


Historically, the Championships were first held in 1926, and included water polo prior to 1999 when the discipline was moved to the European Water Polo Championship. From 1973-1999 Europeans were held in years without a Summer Olympics or World Championships, save 1979 (1973 being the inception year of the World Championships; and 1999 being the last year before Worlds moved from even-years between Summer Olympics to every-odd year beginning in 2001). Women were first allowed to participate at the second Championships in 1927[1]

Number Year Host city Country Events Dates Winner of the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table
11926Budapest Hungary918–22 August Germany Sweden Hungary
21927Bologna Italy1631 August – 4 September Germany Sweden Netherlands
31931Paris France1623–30 August Hungary Germany Netherlands
41934Magdeburg Germany1612–19 August Germany Netherlands Hungary
51938London Great Britain166–13 AugustGermany Denmark Netherlands
61947Monte Carlo Monaco1610–14 September France Denmark Hungary
71950Vienna Austria1620–27 August France Netherlands West Germany
81954Turin Italy1831 August – 5 September Hungary Soviet Union East Germany
91958Budapest Hungary2031 August – 6 September Soviet Union Great Britain Netherlands
101962Leipzig East Germany2318–25 August Netherlands East Germany Soviet Union
111966Utrecht Netherlands2320–27 August Soviet Union East Germany Netherlands
121970Barcelona Spain345–13 September East Germany Soviet Union West Germany
131974Vienna Austria3718–25 August East Germany West Germany Great Britain
141977Jönköping Sweden3714–21 August East Germany Soviet Union West Germany
151981Split Yugoslavia374–12 September East Germany Soviet Union Great Britain
161983Rome Italy3822–27 August East Germany Soviet Union West Germany
394–11 August East Germany Soviet Union West Germany
181987Strasbourg France4116–23 August East Germany Soviet Union West Germany
191989Bonn West Germany4315–20 August East Germany Soviet Union France
201991Athens Greece4718–25 August Soviet Union Germany Hungary
211993Sheffield Great Britain473–8 August Germany Russia Hungary
221995Vienna Austria4722–27 August Russia Germany Hungary
231997Seville Spain5119–24 August Russia Germany Hungary
241999Istanbul Turkey5526 July – 1 August Germany Russia Netherlands
252000Helsinki Finland553–9 July Russia Germany Italy
262002Berlin Germany5729 July – 4 August Germany Russia Italy
272004Madrid Spain585–16 May Ukraine Russia Italy
282006Budapest Hungary5826 July – 6 August Russia Germany France
292008Eindhoven Netherlands5413–24 March Russia Italy France
302010Budapest Hungary614–15 August Russia Germany France
5515–27 May Hungary Germany Italy
322014Berlin Germany6413–24 August Great Britain Russia Italy
332016London Great Britain649–22 May Great Britain Hungary Russia
342018[lower-alpha 1]Glasgow
 Great Britain722–12 August Russia Great Britain Italy
352020Budapest Hungary11–24 May
362022Rome Italy11–21 August

Medal table (1926–2018)

1 Russia17810774359
2 Germany160154120434
3 East Germany14311668327
4 Hungary1129571278
5 Soviet Union978780264
6 Italy92111156359
7 Great Britain8794118299
8 France858680251
9 Netherlands779282251
10 Sweden627464200
11 Ukraine495360162
12 West Germany413349123
13 Spain304949128
14 Denmark29203180
15 Poland19162156
16 Austria12161846
17 Finland1261230
18 Romania8243264
19 Norway68519
20 Belarus581528
21 Belgium561627
22 Greece471930
23 Ireland46111
24  Switzerland451625
25 Serbia4105
26 Slovakia311216
27 Czech Republic311519
28 Yugoslavia2141329
29 Croatia27716
30 Slovenia251017
31 Lithuania25613
32 Czechoslovakia241117
33 Bulgaria23914
34 Israel14813
35 Faroe Islands0303
36 Iceland0213
37 Portugal0112
38 Estonia0101
 Serbia and Montenegro0101
40 Armenia0011
Totals (41 nations)1344133613424022

Note: The table includes medals won in swimming (since 1926), diving (since 1926), synchronized swimming (since 1974), open water swimming (since 1993) and water polo since 1926 until and including 1997 when the discipline was part of the event. From 1999 the water polo event was separated and got its own independent tournament as European Water Polo Championship.

As of 2018, Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino have yet to win a medal.

See also


  1. European Championships, 17 April 2011
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