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Must-see photos from the 18th European Short Course Swimming Championships

Swimmers compete for gold in a 25-meter pool.

December 4, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Aleksandr SadovnikovAleksandr SadovnikovPhoto: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
December 4, 2015 | Latest Photo

A watery celebration is in full swing – er, splash – at the 18th European Short Course Swimming Championships this week in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya. This annual swimming meet features swimmers competing in events in a short course, a 25-meter pool.

Daniel Gyurta swimmingHungary's Daniel Gyurta competes in the preliminary men's 200m breaststroke event. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

These championships were first held in 1996. Thanks to record participation, 2015 is the first time the event will last five days.

Aleksandr SadovnikovRussia's Aleksandr Sadovnikov jumps in the preliminary of the men's 100m butterfly. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

These impressive athletes compete in the National Olympic Swimming Pool at the Wingate National Sport Institute, which was inaugurated in June 2013 and is part of the well-known National Center for Physical Education and Sport in Israel.

Gabrielle DettiItaly's Gabrielle Detti swims in the preliminary of the men's 400m freestyle. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

The lanes of the 50-meter pool have been shortened to 25 meters, and part of the pool has been covered with a large grand stand to offer more than 2,500 seats for athletes, guests and spectators.

Damir DugonjicSlovenia's Damir Dugonjic gives the thumbs up after winning the men's 50m breaststroke final. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanya was chosen partially for its appropriate Mediterranean location, a great backdrop for a watery competition.

medalsHungarian gold medalist Katinka Hosszu, British silver medalist Hannah Miley and French bronze medalist Lara Grangeon pose with their medals won in the women's 400m individual medley event. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

The meet features 19 males events and 19 female events, including 34 individual competitions and four relays.

medalsHungarian gold medalist David Verraszto, British silver medalist Roberto Pavoni and Israeli bronze medalist Gal Nevo of the men's 400m medley swimming event show their medals. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

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