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The FINA World Championships are contested in a long course (50-meter) pool. The event was first held in 1973 and is now held every two years. From 1978-1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years. A total of 2,158 athletes from 167 nations will participate in the 2007 Worlds.
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships comprises full strength teams from the Pacific Rim including USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. This is the 2nd Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Countries from all over the Pacific will send elite swimmers under 18 who have not represented their countries in international competition nor attended their country's' Olympic Trials.
The FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, or more commonly "Open Water Worlds", is a bi-annual FINA championship for open water swimming. Race distances are 5, 10 and 25 kilometers.
The I FINA World Youth Swimming Championships, more commonly referred to as the 2006 Youth Worlds, is being from August 22–27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first time the event is being held. Participants have to be 17 years or younger on the 31 December 2006.