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World Swimming Championships Melbourne 2007: 17 March - 1 April 2007

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:59 PM

World Swimming Championships Melbourne 2007
17 March - 1 April 2007

Melbourne will host some of the finest aquatic athletes in the world when the 12th FINA World Championships begin in Melbourne on March 2007. The World Championships will be held from 17 March - 1 April 2007. There will be no shortage of action for spectators with 87 competition sessions being held over the 15-day event.

There will be five aquatics disciplines will be contested at the World Championships. They include:

- Swimming
- Open Water Swimming
- Diving
- Water Polo
- Synchronised Swimming

The venues for the World Championships include:

- Rod Laver Arena - Swimming, Synchronised Swimming
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre - Water Polo, Diving
- St Kilda Beach - Open Water Swimming

An estimated 2000 athletes from as many as 175 countries will compete at the World Championships. The estimated global television audience during the World Championships is expected to be 1 billion viewers. The World Championships are expected to attract 12,000 interstate and international visitors to Melbourne.


1. Swimming
Heats, Semifinals, and Finals will be held for Swimming events on the Melbourne 2007 program, with a total of 42 gold medals available for competition. The meet itself will take place over eight days during the second week of the Championships.

2. Water Polo
The water polo competition will see the 16 top men's and women's teams battling it out for the title of World Champions. A round robin competition will take place in four divisions, each with four teams, with the two highest placed teams moving through the medal games.

The World Championships Water Polo competition also serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympics.

Water Polo Draw

Mon 19 March 2007 9am–2pm Women:
Asia 2 vs Spain
America 1 vs Africa
Greece vs Asia 1
Russia vs Germany

Mon 19 March 2007 5pm–10pm Women:
Netherlands vs USA
America 2 vs New Zealand
Italy vs Hungary
Canada vs Australia

Tue 20 March 2007 9am–2pm Men:
Asia 2 vs Italy
Croatia vs Africa
Germany vs Serbia
Asia 1 vs Spain

Tue 20 March 2007 5pm–10pm Men:
Greece vs Russia
America 2 vs Romania
Hungary vs New Zealand
Australia vs America 1

Wed 21 March 2007 9am–2pm Women:
Asia 2 vs Russia
Canada vs America 1
USA vs Asia 1
Germany vs Spain

Wed 21 March 2007 5pm–10pm Women:
Greece vs Netherlands
Hungary vs New Zealand
America 2 vs Italy
Africa vs Australia

Thu 22 March 2007 9am–2pm Men:
New Zealand vs Romania
Asia 2 vs Germany
America 1 vs Africa
Serbia vs Italy

Thu 22 March 2007 5pm–10pm Men:
Russia vs Spain
Asia 1 vs Greece
America 2 vs Hungary
Croatia vs Australia

Fri 23 March 2007 9am–2pm Women:
Asia 2 vs Germany
Canada vs Africa
Russia vs Spain
Greece vs USA

Fri 23 March 2007 5pm–10pm Women:
Netherlands vs Asia 1
America 2 vs Hungary
Italy vs New Zealand
America 1 vs Australia

Sat 24 March 2007 9am–2pm Men:
Asia 2 vs Serbia
Asia 1 vs Russia
Croatia vs America 1
Germany vs Italy

Sat 24 March 2007 5pm–10pm Men:
Greece vs Spain
America 2 vs New Zealand
Hungary vs Romania
Australia vs Africa

3. Synchronised Swimming
The Synchronised Swimming program features a solo, a duet, and a team of eight competition. There is also a combination routine, consisting of a mixture of the solo, duet and team routine.

The competition has preliminaries in the technical routine, and a free routine, with the highest scoring athletes progressing to the final. The free routine is one where the athlete has a choice in music and choreography, whilst with the technical routine the athletes/ teams must perform a series of required components.

4. Diving
The Diving competition will see athletes fighting it out for 10 gold medals. Athletes will contest the 1m and 3m Springboard events, as well as the 10m Platform as individuals. The 3m and 10m events will also form part of the synchronised program.

In diving there are 6 types of dives the athletes can perform:
• Forward
• Backward
• Reverse
• Inward
• Twisting
• Arm stand

5. Open Water Swimming
The Open Water Swimming schedule will see Men and Women battling out in open waters over 5km, 10km and 25km distances. The most arduous of aquatic disciplines, open water swimmers not only have the distances to contend with, they also have to deal with a multitude of elements such as the weather and water currents.

The Open Water Swimming Program will be held at St Kilda beach.


Internet bookings

Telephone bookings
Australian wide 1300 136 494
International +61 132 849

Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday 17 March 2007 at 8.00pm. Details of the Opening Ceremony are being completed. Tickets will be available for sale at a later date.

SUMMARY OF PRICES (Cheapest prices are highlighted in bold)

A= Price Level A
B = Price Level B
C = Price Level C (restricted viewing - at swimming events only)
F = Family Price Level (2 adults and two children or one adult and 3 children)

Swimming – Finals
A $198
B $98
C $50
F $150

Swimming – Heats
A $58
B $38
C $20
F $60

Sync Swim – Finals
A $58
B $38
F $114

Sync Swim – Prelim

Diving – Finals (sessions 1 hour plus)
A $78
B $38
F $114

Diving – Finals (sessions under 1 hour)
A $48
B $25
F $75

Diving – Prelims
A $38
B $20
F $60

Water Polo – Finals
A $78
B $38
F $114

Water Polo – Semi Finals
A $48
B $25
F $75

Water Polo – Evening Games
A $38
F $114

Water Polo – Prelims
F $75

Open Water Swimming Program
The six sessions at St Kilda beach are free.

For a detailed event schedule please visit the event website: http://www.melbourne2007.com.au
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