European athletes earned a series of honours at the FINA/Alisports World Aquatics Gala held in Windsor (CAN), site of the upcoming FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Altogether seven of the 13 awards on offer went to the greats of the Old Continent.
Based on the scoring criteria set by FINA, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has become the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2016 – it was her third straight win in this category. Hosszu captured three Olympic gold medals and a silver – the most individual medals in Rio among all swimmers –, besides setting a World Record and winning the overall in the World Cup Series.
Great Britain’s Adam Peaty earned the Top Olympic Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding World Record, set in the 100m breaststroke in Rio, measuring 1042 FINA points.
In open water swimming the two Dutch Olympic champions, Ferry Weertman and Sharon van Rouwendaal landed the awards for the bests in 2016, while in synchro the two Russian greats, Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina shared the honours.
Another Brit, Gary Hunt retained his award in high diving – he won the World Cup this year –, just as the Serbian men’s water polo team as they clinched the titles in all competitions in 2016.
Winners from the other continents include Michael Phelps (USA, Best Male Swimmer), Katie Ledecky (USA, Top Olympic Performance, women), Chen Aisen (CHN, Best Male Diver), Shi Tingmao (CHN, Best Female Diver), Lysenne Richard (CAN, Best Female High Diver), United States (Best Female Water Polo Team).