It may be a non-Olympic year, but there is still plenty of high-level swimming competitions coming up in 2019. With this being an odd numbered year, FINA is holding their Aquatic World Championship this summer. You can get the rules and regulations for sport swimming (artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving and synchronized swimming) on the FINA site, in case you think you have what it takes to compete at the highest level!
Where to watch sport swimming online?
If you want to watch these current and upcoming sport swimming competitions online, then check FINA website, they stream them live: finatv.live/en
Check out the results from the sport swimming events as they take place. Updated daily: www.fina.org/latest-results. For example, according to American online sportsbooks British swimmer Adam Peaty is the major favourite to win at this summer’s Swimming world championships.
Where to bet on swimming?
Want to add some extra excitement to watching FINA World Championships and FINA Swimming World Cup 2019. Then you can put some money on it at these betting sites that offer betting markets on swimming: Betfair, William Hill or Ladbrokes. Dailystoke.com prepared a comprehensive water polo betting guide who those who want to know how to bet on swimming sport events, learn about bookmakers, betting rules and strategies.
Here’s the upcoming schedule for sport swimming competitions in 2019:
18th FINA World Championships
- Date: July 12-28
- Location: Gwangju, KOR
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #1 (50m)
- Date: Aug 2-4
- Location: Tokyo, JPN
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #2 (25m)
- Date: Aug 8-10
- Location: Jinan, CHN
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #3 (25m)
- Date: Aug 15-17
- Location: Singapore, SGP
FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2019
- Date: Aug 20-25
- Location: Budapest, HUN
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #4 (50m)
- Date: Sept 27-29
- Location: Eindhoven, NED
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #5 (25m)
- Date: Oct 04-06
- Location: Budapest, HUN
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #6 (50m)
- Date: Nov 01-03
- Location: Kazan, RUS
FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #7 (25m)
- Date: Nov 07-09
- Location: Doha, QAT
Current FINA records
One athlete who you won’t see competing this year is the most famous swimmer of all, Michael Phelps, he of an Olympic record 28 medals and 29 FINA records. Unfortunately for swim fans, he has retired from the sport. You can check out the current FINA records and see how many Phelps still hold right here: www.fina.org/content/swimming-records
Considering swimming has been a part of every modern Summer Olympics (and for women starting in 1912), Phelps’ record haul is very, very impressive. He also has helped the United States dominate the FINA World Championships, as their 479 medals won are more than twice the second place country (Australia, 200). They also won the last World Championships (which were held in 2017 – they are held every other year), with France and Great Britain following them in the standings.
The current star swimmer is American Caleb Dressel, who won a record seven gold medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships. On the women’s side it is also an American, Katie Ledecky, who is dominating the competition. She won five gold medals and a silver medal at those championships. This website has a good rankings of the best swimmers at the 2017 championships.
Scandals in sport swimming
Swimming hasn’t been without its controversies, mostly stemming from drug use. The most famous case being the East German Women’s Swim Team, who dominated competition through the 1970s and 1980s. The athletes on the team were a part of a state-run doping program, unbeknownst to many of the members of the team being drugged. More recently there’s been controversy over new technologically advanced swimsuits, causing the governing body to have to figure out what is legal and what isn’t. You can read some other swimming scandals right here: www.thoughtco.com/olympics-controversy-and-scandal-in-swimming-3169880