2018 FINA World Swimming Championships
Aquatic sports may not be as popular as Football or Tennis, but they do offer plenty of betting opportunities for enthusiasts. When it comes to aquatic sport, the biggest and the most prestigious tournament is the FINA World Swimming Championships, also known as the FINA World Aquatic Championships. First held in 1973, the event is hosted by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and consists of multiple aquatic events with participants from all over the world.
The History of the Championships
The inaugural FINA Championships took place in Belgrade Yugoslavia. A total of 686 athletes competed in 37 events with the USA topping the medals tables. Since then, the USA have gone on to dominate the Championships, topping the Medal table 12 times from 16 events. Since 2001, the number of events has steadily increased, with the last Championship hosting 75 events and a total of 2360 athletes.
The Main Aquatic Disciplines
In December the FINA World Championships will get underway. China will host the event for the first time with the action-taking place in Hangzhou. While the total number of events is not yet confirmed, there main aquatic disciplines will not change. These include Swimming, Diving, Open Water Swimming, High Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo.
In the last event, 29 nations participated in the event with the USA topping the medal tables with 21 Gold medals, 13 Silver and 12 Bronze. China were the second most successful nations with 12 Gold medals, 12 Silver and 6 Bronze.
Dates and Betting Options
The 2018 FINA World Championships will get underway on the 11th of December and run to the 16th. For punters, it offers multiple betting opportunities on each and every event. The most popular wager is the outright Medal winner for the tournament. This is the nation that tops the medals tables. Bets can also be placed on each event where you predict the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winner of discipline. In Swimming alone, there are over 15 different events, including the 50m, 100m and 200m in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and medley.
Diving also offers multiple events including the 1m, 3m and 10m dives for individual and synchronised teams. Open water swimming features a 5km event, 10km and a 25km event. If you are keen on getting in on the betting action, you can find more details about odds and markets at Spin Palace Sports, William Hill, Sports Betting, 888 Sport, Bodog and Betway Sports.