FINA Presents Its “Best Athlete Of The Year” Awards

Today, FINA announced the winners of its “Best Athlete of the Year” awards at the FINA World Aquatics Gala “Soiree des Etoiles” or “Evening of the Stars” in Budapest, Hungary. The event was live-streamed on FINA’s website earlier tonight.

Winners included Mitch Larkin, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Jordan Wilimovskyand Ana Marcela Cunha. The Federacion International de Natacion also awarded athletes in diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

FINA also announced the host cities for the 2021 and 2023 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka and Doha.

Best Female Swimmer 2015- Katinka Hosszu

Best Male Swimmer 2015- Mitch Larkin

Best Female Swimming Performance of 2015- Katie Ledecky

Best Male Swimming Performance of 2015- Adam Peaty

Best Female Open Water Swimmer 2015- Ana Marcela Cunha

Best Male Open Water Swimmer 2015- Jordan Wilimovsky

Best Female Water Polo Team 2015- USA

Best Male Water Polo Team 2015- Serbia

Best Female Diver 2015- Shi Tingmao

Best Male Diver 2015- He Chao

Best Female High Diver 2015- Rachelle Simpson

Best Male High Diver 2015- Gary Hunt

Best Female Synchronized Swimmer 2015- Svetlana Romashina

Best Male Synchronized Swimmer 2015- Bill May and Alexandr Maltsev

BONUS: Athletes’ Acceptance Messages

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samuel huntington

what will it take for Katie to get swimmer of the year? gold in every single freestyle event?


Katie “If that’s what you require, then consider it done”


She might sweep 100-800 someday ;P


What a joke!


2016 matters much more. Hopefully Ledecky will eliminate all-comers.

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