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Competitions begin in Gwangju 2019 World Aquatics Championships Updated: 2019-07-12 16:12:51 KST

Around 2,6-hundred athletes from over 190 countries will be vying for 76 gold medals in 6 disciplines, from July 12th to the 28th.
Two of those 6 sporting events have already kicked off, and the competition is fierce.
Preliminaries for the men's 1-meter dive have begun at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, the main venue of the 2019 Gwangju Championships, showcasing some acrobatic performances.
There are a total of 13 gold medals up for grabs, and China, the world's No.1, is once again likely to sweep most of the medals.

Besides the diving,… both solo and duet technicals for artistic swimming, have also begun at Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju.
There 10 gold medals to be won,… and the defending champion, ( ) Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia is the odds-on favorite to add to her tally of 13 world titles.

On Saturday,… two other disciplines - Open Water and Water Polo - will also get underway.
Open water is an outdoor swimming competition that is widely known as the marathon of swimming.
The open water discipline is the only event which will be held outside of Gwangju, namely Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park which was the site of a 2012 global expo in Yeosu.

Another event that is due to kick off over the weekend will be, only ball game in swimming,… water polo.
7 players from each side will try to put a ball inside their opponent's net. A total of 16 teams in both the men's and women's side will compete for a gold medal.

The two remaining disciplines -- high diving and swimming -- will take place later in the championship calendar.
With a jam-packed schedule of events, the largest-ever competition in FINA's history will provide global fans to cool off during the summer.
Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.
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