Budapest 2022: Italy as leading European nation on the world overall aquatics podium
The world aquatics championships in Budapest crowned Italy as the leading European nation in the medals
table, and third overall behind two superpowers such as the United States and China. The 22 medals were
collected by the Azzurri (9 golds, 7 silvers and 6 bronze) in all five aquatics disciplines: swimming, artistic
swimming, diving, open water swimming and water polo.
It is a record-breaking result that now turns on the spotlight on the European Aquatics Championships Roma 2022, which from 11 to 21 August will welcome 1,500 athletes from the old continent returning from the efforts in Budapest with the prospect of keeping the world's attention on the aquatic world alive. The memorable performances and results of the world championships have acted as a boost for the continental championship in terms of visibility, interest from the public, including TV spectators, and an increase in the number of fans who will have the opportunity to reach the Italian capital and follow their favourites and all the other international stars of swimming, open water, artistic swimming, diving and high diving.
In Europe, the French team, seventh in the Budapest 2022 medal count, placed second after Italy with 11 world podiums (2 golds, 7 silvers and 2 bronze), followed by Ukraine, eighth in the final medals table and third European nation with a total of 10 (2 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronze).
In Budapest, Great Britain excelled in the diving events with 6 medals, being the strongest European nation
only behind the invincible China, who dominated all events with 13 golds. The last medal for the Brits came
from Jack Laugher who, in addition to his silver in the men’s synchro 3m springboard and bronze in the
individual 3m event, also got on the podium once again, taking his second silver world championships
medal in the men’s 1m springboard (426.95).
Ukraine celebrated their first and only medal in Budapest in diving thanks to the pair Oleksii Sereda and Sofiia Lyskun, who finished second with 317.01 points in the mixed synchro 10m platform event.
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