— Published 19 December 2022

Twenty-four countries called to the podium

The 25 m World Swimming Championships held from December 13 to 18 in Melbourne (Australia) are over. The international authority of the discipline – World Aquatics, formerly FINA – has made its accounts: the six days of competition brought together more than 560 athletes from 160 countries in 48 events, including the debut of the women’s 1500 m freestyle and the men’s 800 m freestyle. The 2022 Worlds paid out $2.54 million in prize money. No less than 14 world records were broken in Melbourne, rewarded with a cheque for $25,000, plus six world junior records and 23 championship records. Twenty-four countries are listed on the medal table. The World Championships were available on television in more than 150 territories, with 36 hours of coverage, with the rest of the world covered by World Aquatics’ streaming of the competitions.