By Sharon Robb
July 13, 2017—For the next seventeen days, open water swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, diving, high diving and pool swimming will take center stage in Budapest, Hungary.
Opening ceremonies, diving and synchronized swimming will open the schedule on Friday. Open water swimming begins on Saturday followed by water polo on Sunday.
Two cities (Budapest and Balatonfured) and five iconic sport venues will host nearly 3,000 athletes from 181 nations in six disciplines. It is the largest sporting event Hungary has ever hosted.
Swimming and diving will be held in the new state-of-the art Degaly Swimming Complex that was constructed in less than two years.
Pool swimming, that will feature South Florida Aquatic Club’s Marc Rojas of the Dominican Republic making his worlds debut and SOFLO coach Chris Anderson coaching the Jamaican national team without four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson and several other Florida Gold Coast swimmers and coaches, will start on July 23rd followed by three days of high diving.
High diving is increasing in popularity at the world championships. The increased quality of dives from about 66 feet and speeds up to 85 mph and breath taking sport with television appeal and live crowds of 75,000 has attracted the attention of the International Olympic Committee. FINA, governing body for aquatic sports, added men’s and women’s high diving to the world championships in 2013.
Pembroke Pines high diver Steven LoBue is among medal favorites. LoBue’s wife, Lindsay Lowell was a diver for Cooper City High School, Fort Lauderdale Diving Team and Florida International. LoBue, a fan favorite on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, is a TYR athlete.
China won the most medals at the 2015 World Championships with 35 (15 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze) ahead of the U.S. with 33 medals (13 gold, 14 silver, 6 bronze) and Russia with 17 (9 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze).
The World Championships are held every two years.
FINAtv (finatv.live) is offering daily live and on-demand streaming of all events. It will be available around the clock on mobile, tablet, desktop and televisions. In the U.S., NBC Universal has the rights to the event. NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel will televise various events. Check your local listings.
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