We kicked off the week by announcing Budapest as host to an extraordinary FINA World Championships, taking place from June 18 – 3 July 2022. With this exciting event just around the corner and set to feature five FINA aquatics disciplines – swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming and open water swimming, – it’s no wonder athletes and media are expressing their hype to spend the best weeks of their summer in Hungary.
With positivity levels on a high for this announcement, let’s dive into the depths of social media to see how athletes, international media and swim fans have reacted to the news.
Adam Peaty OBE |Targeting a historic double four-peat at Budapest 2022
The 28-year-old Brit is looking to retain the 50m and 100m Breaststroke titles in Budapest, to add to the titles he won in these events in 2015, 2017 and 2019. If Peaty can pull off the feat, he'd join only Katinka Hosszu in pulling off the double fourpeat in FINA World Championships history.
Ryan Murphy | Aiming for top podium step in individual and relay events
As a four-time Team USA Olympic gold medalist, backstroke specialist Ryan Murphy has world championship gold on his mind after earning three silvers in Budapest in 2019.
Bruno Fratus | Can the Brazilian top his bronze medal performance – and meme-worthy celebration – from Tokyo?
There are no off days, or Carnival Festival plans in the works, for the standout freestyle from Rio de Janeiro.
Pele wasn't consulted |Bruno with an intrepid football GIF choice for a Brazilian!
Here's what the teams, media and fans had to say about the Budapest hosting news
USA Artistic Swimming | When you're so excited you go ALL CAPS!
Coming off the USA's 36 total medals at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, the Americans sound like their stoked to go hunting for more gold, silver and bronze in Budapest.
Sports China | Budapest breaking into the Chinese news cycle while the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games are going on
#Budapest will host an extraordinary @fina1908 World Championships in the summer, the International Swimming Federation said Monday. The Hungarian capital, which hosted the FINA World Championships in 2017, will host the championships again from June 18 until July 3.#Swimming pic.twitter.com/bNh5pfc3mT— Sports China (@PDChinaSports) February 8, 2022
Olympic Council of Asia | The countdown to the FINA World Championships - Budapest 2022 can begin!
THE WAIT IS OVER!😍— Olympic Council of Asia (@AsianGamesOCA) February 7, 2022
Budapest will host the FINA World Championships! 🇭🇺
How excited are you about the comeback of the global aquatics championship⁉️ 🏊🏻♀️🥽#FINA #Swimming #WorldChampionships @fina1908 pic.twitter.com/DbiSbrULyl
insidethegames' Duncan Mackay |Finding out which city Duncan has on speed dial
If you are a federation who need to find somewhere at short notice to stage a major event, then #Budapest should always be your first call. Lost count of the times they have stepped in at last minute. Will do a fantastic job too @fina1908 @fina_president #Olympics https://t.co/rU8S6JXdW3— Duncan Mackay (@Duncan_ITG) February 7, 2022
Alisha, aquatics fan | We couldn't agree more, Budapest made for some special Monday morning news
Thank you,Budapest for saving the sport of swimming, open water, diving,etc. once again. Firstly, in 2020 during pandemic with the ISL and in 2022 with the Worlds🙏🏻 Thank you, Fina for making my Monday a bit better 🤗 pic.twitter.com/NrsZLAn4jJ— Alisha (@alishaannie10) February 7, 2022