CBC Sports – The 2019 FINA World Championships (World Aquatics Championships)
begin today, running from July 12-28
in Gwangju, South Korea and hosting more than 5,600 athletes and officials from 196 countries competing in swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. With a year to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, this is an opportunity for Canada’s best swimmers and divers to offer a preview of what to expect, and also possibly qualify for Tokyo 2020.
will provide daily live streams of major events at the FINA World Championships, July 12-28, available at cbcsports.ca
, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem
Road to the Olympic Games will provide broadcast coverage of key events and Canadian performances each weekend (July 13-14, July 20-21, and July 27-28) on CBC and CBC Gem (check local listings for exact times).
Radio-Canada Sports will also provide live streams via radio-canada.ca/sports and the Radio-Canada Sports app (July 12-28) and offer broadcast coverage on ICI TÉLÉ, hosted by Marie-José Turcotte (July 27-28).
CBC Sports’ exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage will be hosted by Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo on CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games. For diving, Signa Butler will provide play-by-play commentary with Olympic Games medallist Blythe Hartley offering analysis; and for swimming, veteran sports broadcaster Elliotte Friedman will offer play-by-play commentary with Gemini Award-winner and one of Canada’s most decorated university swimming coaches, Byron MacDonald, providing analysis. Sophia Jurksztowicz will be reporting pool-side from Gwangju throughout the event. CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s Olympic Network.
Canadian swimmers and divers to watch:
With a total of eight career World Championship medals to date, Canadian diver Jennifer Abel is aiming to set a new Canadian record with a podium finish in Gwangju. Going into their third FINA World Championships as a team, divers Philippe Gagné & François Imbeau-Dulac have two international podiums this season and are going strong. The pair is currently tied with China for the second place in the FINA world ranking on 3m synchro.
Canada has named 25 swimmers, and will be led by reigning 100-metre backstroke World champion Kylie Masse, current 100-metre freestyle Olympic Games champion Penny Oleksiak, and 2018 Commonwealth and PanPac gold medallist Taylor Ruck.
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