The fina world swimming championships another triumph in Abu Dhabi

The 15th Fina World Swimming Championships (25m) Abu Dhabi 2021 set a new benchmark, once again highlighting the UAE’s status as a premier sporting destination.

The weeklong championships at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island drew 1,100 competitors from 183 countries vying for 46 world titles and a prize of $ 3.2 million – the highest in history of Fina.

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The event saw several new championship records set, including four world records, making it a truly memorable championship.

Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong started things off by winning gold in the women’s 200m freestyle in a record time of one minute 50.31 seconds, while Sweden tied the world record in the 4x50m four relay. swims established by the United States during the previous edition of the event.

Canadian Margaret MacNeil broke the women’s 50m backstroke record before Florian Wellbrock broke the men’s 1,500m record on the final day of the event. Record holders had more reason to celebrate in the form of a $ 50,000 bonus for their efforts.

As Fina President Husain Al Musallam so aptly put it, the pool performances and organizational excellence of the championships have raised the bar.

“Abu Dhabi has set a new benchmark in all areas from the organization of the championships and coordination, and in particular in the management of the Covid protocols,” Al Musallam said at the closing ceremony.

“I expect that the 19th Fina World Championships (long course) in Fukuoka in May will not be inferior to those in Abu Dhabi, not only in terms of facilities but in number, coordination and Covid protocols in place.

“The success in Abu Dhabi is that the athletes competed, they got results, received fabulous prizes and were offered fantastic facilities. This is what I expect from Fukuoka.

Competition in Abu Dhabi was not limited to the specially designed swimming pool, but also extended to the Aquatic Festival which included the Fina High Board Diving World Qualifier and the Fina Marathon World Cup, which took place over seven days.

“Over the past week, Abu Dhabi has been at the center of the global swimming sphere, not only with the excitement in the pool, but also through high diving and open water swimming,” Aref Al Awani , general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said.

The championships were broadcast to a global television audience in 133 countries, including CCTV in China, NBC in North America, Super Sports across Africa and our host broadcasters, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel.

“During an exhilarating week of world-class sport competition, we saw four world records broken, with a total of 46 world champions crowned.”

According to Al Musallam, the Abu Dhabi edition of the World Swimming Championships was one of the most beautiful in the history of the event for many reasons.

This week, the world’s most talented swimmers lined up on the world stage to show their talent and abilities to thousands of spectators inside the Etihad Arena and, of course, to millions of viewers at around the world, ”he said.

“It led to a lot of thrilling action in the pool with four world records broken, making the 15th edition of the event one of the best in the history of the event.

This shows that our sport is heading in the right direction as more and more people around the world aspire to be the next world champion.

“Whether the athletes won a medal or not, we believe that every swimmer who has competed this week is indeed a winner.

“We understand that traveling and participating in these difficult times is not easy, but I want to express my gratitude to them for being here in Abu Dhabi and for helping to make this edition a resounding success. “

Haughey said she and her nation can watch the Abu Dhabi edition with great pride.

“It was amazing knowing that I was the first person from Hong Kong to win a world championship and break a world record,” she added.

“I’m sure that in the future there will be a lot of up-and-coming swimmers who can also achieve the same.

“From day one when I broke the world record, the team from Hong Kong, China has done really well and made it to many finals and it has been a great week for the whole country. “

Aidan Heslop was among the winners of the Fina High Diving Qualifier, performing one of the most difficult dives ever to triumph in the final round of the men’s event.

The 19-year-old Briton, who received seven from the judges for a winning score of 436.90 points. And that summed up the level of the Abu Dhabi championships.

Updated: December 22, 2021 11:37 AM

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