Shanghai 2011, 14th FINA World Championships

The 14th FINA World Championships was held from 16th to 31st of July 2011 in Shanghai and Myrtha Pools, in addition to being FINA partner, supplied two temporary pools installed in the Oriental Sports Center, a few weeks before the event, and then dismantled at the end of championship.

Located by the east side of Huangpu River, next to Expo Park, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center consists of an indoor stadium, a natatorium, an outdoor diving pool, a press service center and supplementary facilities: a parking area and public bus stations.

The facility built for this special occasion is located in a green area of 34.75 hectares and covers an area of 163,800 square meters.
Water is the architectural theme of the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center: its three major buildings enjoy extraordinary shapes. The architectural appearance of the gymnasium looks like a wave. The natatorium is composed by lined arches. Located on the manmade island, the outdoor diving pool is fitted with a half-moon shaped roof: the spectators can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Center and the Huangpu River when sitting on the open air seats.


As one of the major construction projects of Shanghai, the Oriental Sports Center was the ideal venue for the FINA World Championships 2011 as well as for other international A Level sporting events, but also a green and excellent physical fitness center open to the public.

Myrtha Pools, on the occasion of the World Championships, built two temporary pools in the indoor stadium: a 50x25x3m pool for all swimming and synchronized swimming competitions – and a 50x25x2m pool for warm up.

The 14th FINA World Championships brought together a large number of participants: 5,000 among athletes, judges and delegations arrived from 180 countries, 2,500 volunteers, 1,500 media representatives from around the world and an estimated number of 3.5 billion people that followed the competitions on television.

Shanghai 2011, 14th FINA World Championships
State: CHINA
Type: Temporary Competition pool
Year: 2011
Dimension: 50 x 25 m; 50 x 25 m
Depth: 2 m; 3 m
Benefit: Temporary pool in Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
Technology: Myrtha overflow gutter – classic competition
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