|European Aquatics Championships|
The European Aquatics Championships is the continental Aquatics championship for Europe, which is organised by LEN—the governing body for aquatics in Europe. The Championships are currently held every two years (in even years); and since 1999, they have included 4 aquatics disciplines: Swimming (long course/50m pool), Diving, Synchronised swimming and Open water swimming. Prior to 1999, the championships also included Water polo, which beginning in 1999 LEN split-off into a separate championships. The open water events are not held during the Olympic year.
The Championships are generally held over a two-week time-period in mid-to-late Summer; however, in the most recent Summer Olympics years (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020), the Championships were moved to the Spring to be moved away from the Summer Olympic Games.
The swimming portion of these championships is considered one of the pre-eminent swimming competitions in the world. Note however that LEN also conducts an annual short-course (25 meters) swimming championship, which is a completely separate and a completely distinct event (typically held in early December).
Historically, the Championships were first held in 1926, and included water polo prior to 1999 when the discipline was moved to the European Water Polo Championship. From 1973-1999 Europeans were held in years without a Summer Olympics or World Championships, save 1979 (1973 being the inception year of the World Championships; and 1999 being the last year before Worlds moved from even-years between Summer Olympics to every-odd year beginning in 2001). Women were first allowed to participate at the second Championships in 1927
|Number||Year||Host city||Country||Events||Dates||1st Medal Table||2nd Medal Table||3rd Medal Table|
|1||1926||Budapest||Hungary||9||18–22 August 1926||Germany||Sweden||Hungary|
|2||1927||Bologna||Italy||16||31 August – 4 September 1927||Germany||Sweden||Netherlands|
|3||1931||Paris||France||16||23–30 August 1931||Hungary||Germany||Netherlands|
|4||1934||Magdeburg||Germany||16||12–19 August 1934||Germany||Netherlands||Hungary|
|5||1938||London||Great Britain||16||6–13 August 1938||Germany||Denmark||Netherlands|
|6||1947||Monte Carlo||Monaco||16||10–14 September 1947||France||Denmark||Hungary|
|7||1950||Vienna||Austria||16||20–27 August 1950||France||Netherlands||West Germany|
|8||1954||Turin||Italy||18||31 August – 5 September 1954||Hungary||Soviet Union||East Germany|
|9||1958||Budapest||Hungary||20||31 August – 6 September 1958||Soviet Union||Great Britain||Netherlands|
|10||1962||Leipzig||East Germany||23||18–25 August 1962||Netherlands||East Germany||Soviet Union|
|11||1966||Utrecht||Netherlands||23||20–27 August 1966||Soviet Union||East Germany||Netherlands|
|12||1970||Barcelona||Spain||34||5–13 September 1970||East Germany||Soviet Union||West Germany|
|13||1974||Vienna||Austria||37||18–25 August 1974||East Germany||West Germany||Great Britain|
|14||1977||Jönköping||Sweden||37||14–21 August 1977||East Germany||Soviet Union||West Germany|
|15||1981||Split||Yugoslavia||37||4–12 September 1981||East Germany||Soviet Union||Great Britain|
|16||1983||Rome||Italy||38||22–27 August 1983||East Germany||Soviet Union||West Germany|
|17||1985|| Sofia |
| Bulgaria |
|39||4–11 August 1985 |
12–18 August 1985
|East Germany||Soviet Union||West Germany|
|18||1987||Strasbourg||France||41||16–23 August 1987||East Germany||Soviet Union||West Germany|
|19||1989||Bonn||West Germany||43||15–20 August 1989||East Germany||Soviet Union||France|
|20||1991|| Athens |
| Greece |
|47||18–25 August 1991 |
14–15 September 1991
|21||1993|| Sheffield |
| Great Britain |
|47||3–8 August 1993 |
28–29 August 1993
|22||1995||Vienna||Austria||47||22–27 August 1995||Russia||Germany||Hungary|
|23||1997||Seville||Spain||51||19–24 August 1997||Russia||Germany||Hungary|
|24||1999||Istanbul||Turkey||55||26 July – 1 August 1999||Germany||Russia||Netherlands|
|25||2000||Helsinki||Finland||55||3–9 July 2000||Russia||Germany||Italy|
|26||2002||Berlin||Germany||57||29 July – 4 August 2002||Germany||Russia||Italy|
|27||2004||Madrid||Spain||58||5–16 May 2004||Ukraine||Russia||Italy|
|28||2006||Budapest||Hungary||58||26 July – 6 August 2006||Russia||Germany||France|
|29||2008||Eindhoven||Netherlands||54||13–24 March 2008||Russia||Italy||France|
|30||2010||Budapest||Hungary||61||4–15 August 2010||Russia||Germany||France|
|31||2012|| Debrecen |
| Hungary |
|55||15–27 May 2012||Hungary||Germany||Italy|
|32||2014||Berlin||Germany||64||13–24 August 2014||Great Britain||Russia||Italy|
|33||2016||London||Great Britain||64||9–22 May 2016||Great Britain||Hungary||Russia|
|34||2018|| Glasgow |
|Great Britain||72||2–12 August 2018||Russia||Great Britain||Italy|
|35||2021||Budapest||Hungary||73||10–23 May 2021||Russia||Great Britain||Italy|
|36||2022||Rome||Italy||11–21 August 2022|
|Totals (41 nations)||1420||1417||1419||4256|
Note: The table includes medals won in swimming (since 1926), diving (since 1926), synchronized swimming (since 1974), open water swimming (since 1991) and water polo since 1926 until and including 1997 when the discipline was part of the event. From 1999 the water polo event was separated and got its own independent tournament as European Water Polo Championship.
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Update after the 2020 European Aquatics Championships.
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