By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Friday, July 19, 2019
GWANGJU, South Korea – This is it. The 18th FINA World Championships – the biggest international swimming competition until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – begins Sunday in the pool and runs through July 28.
Here’s a look at the upcoming meet, by the numbers:
53 – The number of swimmers representing the United States, 26 men and 27 women.
479 – The total number of medals the U.S. has won at all FINA World Championships since 1973, including 208 gold, 159 silver and 112 bronze.
21 – The total number of medals the U.S. needs to win to reach 500 World Championship medals.
38 – The number of medals the U.S. won at the 2017 World Championships, including 18 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze.
20 – The U.S. has won at least this many medals at every World Champs since 1973.
20 – The number of World Championship medals won by Natalie Coughlin, the most of any female swimmer, ever.
15 – The number of World Championship medals won by Katie Ledecky, ranked 4th all-time among female swimmers.
6 – Number of World Championships it took Coughlin to reach that medal tally.
4 – Number of World Championships (including this one) in which Ledecky could surpass Coughlin.
31 – Coughlin’s age when she won her 20th medal.
22 – Ledecky’s age now.
18 – Number of Olympic gold medalists competing for the U.S. in Gwangju.
39 – Number of Olympic gold medals between them all.
23.42 – Average age of the U.S. team competing in Gwangju.
34 – Age of the oldest male American swimmer, Matt Grevers.
30 – Age of the oldest female American swimmer, Ashley Twichell.
17 – Age of the youngest female American swimmer, Regan Smith.
18 – Age of the youngest male American swimmer, Brennan Gravley.
17 – Number of swimmers on the U.S. team competing in their first FINA World Championships.
6 – Number of World Championships in which Nathan Adrian has competed, the most of any American swimmer in the pool.
8 – Number of days this meet will run.
42 – Number of events contested.
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