Budapest: Australia’s Mitch Larkin and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu were named the best male and female Swimmers of the Year 2015 by the FINA (International Swimming Federation) world governing body here.
Hosszú won six gold medals at the 2015 European Short Course Championships, sweeping all three backstroke and three individual medley events. In November 2015, Larkin broke the short course world record in the 200-metre backstroke.
He Chao of China, winner of the men’s 3-metre springboard at the World Championships in Kazan, was named best male diver on Sunday. His compatriot Shi Tingmao, who won two gold medals at the Worlds, was named best female diver, reports Xinhua.
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FINA named Britain’s Gary Hunt the best male high diver while American Rachelle Simpson was the best female high diver. Russia’s Alexandr Maltsev and American Bill May shared the honours as best male synchronised swimmers while Russia’s Svetlana Romashina was best female synchronised swimmer.
American Jordan Wilimovsky and Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha were best in open water swimming. FINA also named Serbia the best male water polo team and the United States the best female team.