13th FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Record of participation in Rome (ITA)

July 07, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

With 10 days for the start of the 13th FINA World Championships, to be held in Rome (ITA) from July 17-August 2, 2009 it is confirmed that this edition of the competition will be highlighted by a record of participation.
According to the last figures received, 2556 athletes from 185 countries will be present at the Foro Italico venue (facilities for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming) and Ostia Beach (Open Water Swimming).

By disciplines, the numbers are the following:
- SWIMMING - 1470 athletes from 164 countries
- DIVING - 200 athletes from 43 countries
- WATER POLO - 416 athletes from 21 countries
- SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING - 269 athletes from 41 countries
- OPEN WATER SWIMMING - 152 athletes from 39 countries

The previous record of participation was established in the previous edition of these championships, in 2007 in Melbourne (AUS). In Australia, 2158 athletes from 167 nations took part in the competition.