The fifth edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships will be held in Singapore (SIN) from August 25-30, 2015 with almost 700 young athletes from 87 National Federations taking part in the event. Swimmers aged between 14-18 (girls between 14-17, boys between 15-18) are set to compete in the the state-of-the-art OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports Hub, which opened its door in 2014.
Brandonn Almeida (BRA), Michael Andrew (USA), Kyle Chalmers (AUS), Anton Chupkov (RUS) and Luke Greenbank (GBR) are some names to keep an eye for. Among the women, Arina Openysheva (RUS), Sierra Schmidt (USA) and Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR) are also athletes to watch, but many other talents capable of shining in the future will be present in the six-day competition, the most important swimming gathering in this age group.
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This major event will also close a busy summer, which included the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) and the two first legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup (Moscow and Paris-Chartres). In this first event, no less than 12 World Records have been established.
The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were launched in 2006, with the first edition in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). Monterrey, in Mexico, staged the second edition in 2008, while the Peruvian capital Lima was the host of the 2011 rendezvous, and Dubai (UAE) welcomed the best junior swimmers in 2013.
The competition programme in Singapore comprises 42 events, unfold as follows:
August 25 – 4 finals
August 26 – 9 finals
August 27 – 5 finals
August 28 – 8 finals
August 29 – 5 finals
August 30 – 11 finals
Heats will take place everyday at 10:00 and finals at 18:00 (local time). Daily Highlights will be available everyday on FINATV from 17:00-17:15 GMT and then on VoD.
Swimming news courtesy of FINA.