PR 50 - 700 athletes from 60 countries in Lima (PER)


Lausanne (SUI), August 15, 2011 – The 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, to be held from August 16-21, 2011 brings to the Peruvian capital, Lima, the future elite of swimming. With 60 countries and 700 athletes competing in the South American nation, the competition promises a high technical level in the Olympic pool in “Campo de Marte” complex.

The many delegations arriving in Lima already expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the venue, after having trained in the pool which recently hosted the South American Championship of this age group in March and has been specially covered for this edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

This is the first time that Peru holds a FINA World Championship and, as happened in previous editions (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006 and Monterrey, Mexico, 2008), the event should reveal names that will be commented in the main competitions of the planet in the near future.

The President of the Peruvian Swimming Federation, Juan Carlos Bello, said about the organisation of this event: "It is certainly an endless work for all those in charge of building up a successful competition, considering that this is the first time in our history that we hold an event of this importance."

The Opening Ceremony, to take place on August 16, 2011 will be honoured with the presence of FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione. Concerning the competition, the heats will be held at 9am and the finals will start at 6pm (local time).