The latest, greatest FINA World Swimming Championships
The World Championships in Melbourne are the last FINA World Swimming Championships, as the International Swimming Federation has in fact decided to change its name to World Aquatics. But the Melbourne World Cup will also be remembered for a new slate of records. In fact, the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Center is a swimming pool which, after being the star of the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the XII FINA World Championships in 2007, has returned to host the World Championships in grand style by delivering 14 World Records and 23 Championships Records. The medal table, in the absence of Russian athletes, was dominated by the United States, Australia, Italy and Canada. For Italy, there was another key role here – that of delivering the swimming pool that was hope to each of those records, in a Myrtha swimming pool. The total number of world records is far and away led by Myrtha, a distinction that is the result of an exclusive technology, and a record that is surely destined to increase at the next World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.