FINA Releases Qualifying Standards For 2022 Masters World Championships

FINA announced Friday the qualifying standards for the 2022 World Masters Championships, which will take place August 2-11, 2023 in Kyushu, Japan.

The event was initially scheduled for May 31 – June 9, 2022, but was postponed after the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka were pushed back from May 2022 to July 2023.

The competition will feature 14 age groups per gender, primarily broken up in five-year increments, starting with 25 & under and ending with 90 & over.


Courtesy of FINA.


Courtesy of FINA.

Since 2015, the Masters World Championships have been held jointly with the World Aquatics Championships. Next year’s event will begin shortly after the conclusion of the 2023 World Championships, which are scheduled for July 14-30 in Fukuoka.

The World Masters Championships will be held in the cities of Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Kagoshima, with approximately 10,000 people from 100 countries/regions expected to compete.

Pool swimming, open water swimming, diving, artistic swimming and water polo will all be contested.

Event Schedules

  • Pool Swimming: Aug. 5-11
  • Diving: Aug. 2-7
  • Water Polo: Aug. 5-11
  • Artistic Swimming: Aug. 5-11
  • Open Water Swimming: Aug. 2-3

You can find the full competition schedule here.

At the last edition of the World Masters Championships in 2019, held in Gwangju, South Korea, Great Britain dominated medal table, winning 45 gold and 126 total medals. The United States followed with 40 gold and 99 medals.

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18 days ago

Is the 3k open water even without a qualification standard again, like in 2019? I.e. anyone can sign up, no matter how fast or slow they are?

1 month ago

Are these 50m times?

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1 month ago


2 months ago

Does anybody know, at the Masters world champs is it heats and finals or just heats? ie. if you are swimming the 100m Free – do you have just one swim? or do the fastest move to a final? Thanks!

Reply to  Mark
2 months ago

Timed finals. You just swim once.

Tyler Zelen
2 months ago

So can anyone do this? This is my calling.

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