FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

Divided in two age groups (14-16 years and 17-18 years), boys and girls will take the plunge in races of 5km for the youngest category and 7.5km for the oldest.

Apart from individual events, a 3km Team Event composed of three swimmers is also organised for both age categories.

Balatonfured, Lake Balaton (HUN) staged the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships from September 5-7, 2014. Guadalajara (MEX) will be the host in 2016.

OWS Junior Worlds, Day 3: Hungary and China close on high note

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The Hungarian juniors and the Chinese youths were the happiest kids on Earth after winning the respective titles of the event-closing team competitions at the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured (HUN). These two nations topped the medal table as well – China came first – while Russia won the Team Trophy among the juniors and the Chinese among the youths.

The two team events, held over 3km, concluded the second edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Balatonfured. The closing day welcomed the young swimmers with mild air-temperatures, the winds eased so a rather peaceful course awaited the participants of the team events.

China touching for the victory - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 2: Prime Minister made the Hungarian girls fly

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The second day of the 2nd edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships turned into a great festival as Hungary’s two competitors, Nikoletta Kiss and Flora Sibalin made a 1-3 finish in the junior girls’ 7.5km event, attended by Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. The youth boys’ 5km title went to Taylor Abbott of the USA.

To demonstrate the level of appreciation of aquatics in Hungary, soon before the start of Day 2, Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived to the venue. Accompanied by Lajos Kosa and Tamas Gyarfas, Chairmen of the Organising Committee for the 2021 FINA World Championships, Viktor Orban was welcomed by FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu who also attended the championships. The Prime Minister visited the promotion pavilion for the 2021 event – the instalments will make their international debut at the year-ending FINA World Aquatic Convention – then Viktor Orban became part of the show as he shot the starting pistol for the junior girls’ 7.5km race.

From left to right: FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, FINA Honorary Secretary Paolo Barelli,
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and FINA Vice President Tamas Gyarfas - Photo credit: Aniko Kovacs

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OWS Junior Worlds, Day 1: Russia and China clinch first gold medals

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The opening day of the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships witnessed some fabulous races at Balatonfured (HUN) with at least thousand spectators following the event from the lakeside. Russia’s Anton Evsikov won the 7.5km among the junior boys while China’s Siyu Yan clinched the title of the youth girls’ 5km.

The event was opened by Zoltan Balog, Ministry of Human Resources (in charge for sport within the Hungarian Government) who highlighted the historical aspects of this event as the first aquatic gathering Hungary ever staged bearing the distinction of World Championships.

Swimmers in action in Balaton (HUN) - Photo credit: Hungarian Swimming Association

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Welland 2012: Germany dominates first edition of FINA World Junior OWS Championships

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The team of Germany dominated the first edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, taking place in Welland, Ontario (CAN) from August 17-19, 2012. Germany's swimmers earned four out of the six gold medals at stake, and took another silver and bronze medal. The remaining two titles went to China and South Africa.

On Day 1, Rob Muffels (GER) and Michelle Weber (RSA) became the first ever world junior champions in open water swimming.

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Welland 2012 - Venue

With nearly 7 km of uninterrupted flatwater and consistent depth and basin-like characteristics, as well as, some of the most placid and beautiful flat water in the world, the Welland International Flatwater Centre and waterway is the perfect location for the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.

The course for open water swimming is more than 100 m wide with multiple access points for safety.

Paved asphalt trails for viewing and safety considerations border each side of the course which is supplied with clean, fresh water of the highest freshwater quality. Every aspect of this unique venue meets or exceeds all existing international standards for open water swimming.


Welland 2012 - Accommodations & Transportation

Affordable athlete lodgings will be at the Welland Campus of Niagara College (10 min from course) or at Brock University (20 min from course).

Accommodation options for FINA officials, coaches and families will be at hotels in Niagara Falls and Welland.

Free shuttles will run throughout the day between all official event accommodation locations, the training locations (Welland Recreational Waterway and at Brock University 50 m pool) and the course site.

Team and official transport will be available from all 3 local international airports.


Welland 2012 - Agenda (preliminary)

Wednesday, August 15

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Thursday, August 16

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Development Clinics (Coaches, Officials and Athletes)

Opening Ceremonies

Friday, August 17

Boys 7.5km (17-18 years)

Girls 5km (14-16 years)

Saturday, August 18

Girls 7.5km (17-18 years)

Boys 5km (14-16 years)

Sunday, August 19

Team Event (17-18 years)

Team Event (14-16 years)

Closing Ceremonies