The European Swimming Championship takes place every two years. It is where the best swimmers in Europe go to compete against each other. The event is being hosted this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has been a massive success so far. An incredible 30,000 tickets have been sold for the event. The people who organized the event were hoping to sell at least 25,000 tickets. The large volume of ticket sales is a tribute to the growing popularity of swimming on a global scale. Much of swimming’s popularity can be attributed to the success of American Michael Phelps at the Olympics.
One of the biggest factors in this particular swimming competition being so popular is the fact that many of the tickets have been sold to people who live in other countries. They have traveled to Denmark especially to see this competition. The European Swimming Championship used to be held on an annual basis. However, it was switched to every other year because the organizers believed this would place a greater amount of importance on the competition. It is scheduled to be held in the United Kingdom in 2019.
Russia and Hungary are tied for the lead by winning seven gold medals. Hungary is a surprise success story because this country has not been traditionally very strong in the sport of swimming. However, Russia has always fared very well at the large competitions. Many of the swimmers who competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are also swimming in Copenhagen.