FINA has confirmed the participation of 152 athletes from 40 countries in the open water races at the Rome World Swimming Championships starting on July 19th. 41 men and 42 women are entered in the 5K. 47 men and 43 women are entered in the 10K. 23 men and 17 women are entered in the 25K.
However, 5 countries with a total of 10 men and 1 women have yet to confirm the participation of their open water swimmers, which may boost the final figure upwards a bit.
According to FINA, 2,556 athletes from 185 countries will compete at the Foro Italico venue (pool for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming) and Ostia Beach (site for open water swimming).
To date, the number of qualified athletes for the World Swimming Championships include:
• 1,470 swimmers from 164 countries
• 200 divers from 43 countries
• 416 water polo players from 21 countries
• 269 synchronized swimmers from 41 countries
• 152 open water swimmers from 40 countries
Photo of the 2008 men's world 10K championship start in Seville, Spain by Javier Blazques.