Budapest saw a very unique, FINA World Championships-related record being born over the weekend: more than 160 people took selfies simultaneously in one of the pools of the world famous Széchenyi Bath. The photos were taken with the brand new #selFINA mobile application. The freshly set water-record has already been registered into the Book of Hungarian Records.

The record-breaking strongly linked to the 17th FINA World Championships and the World Water Day took place at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath at the heart of Budapest. It was the first time that more than one hundred people took selfies in a pool at the same time. Thanks to the special, newly developed #selFINA mobile app, the participants were also able to take photos and selfies with the two beloved mascots of Budapest 2017, Lili and Lali.

Thanks to the ’augmented reality’ feature of the #selFINA app, anyone can take a virtual tour of the 17th FINA World Championships’ venues as well as look at the most beautiful and famous sights of the Hungarian capital. The freshly inaugurated World Championships countdown clock installation – located on Erzsébet Square, one of the most central, busiest location of Budapest – also provides exciting games and fun selfie-taking opportunities for the public. (The #selFINA application is already available for iOS, and soon for all devices through the Google Play Store free of charge).

Participants of the record-setting and the general bath public were able to enjoy a very spectacular cheerleader show and an exclusive performance by the Hungarian national synchronised swimming team, too. Szofi Kiss and Luca Rényi were among the performing athletes, as well as coach Sára Tringer. The national snychro team truly amazed the spectators by presenting the choreography intended for the actual competition of the 17th FINA World Championships. Along the idea of national head coach Natalia Tarasova, the performance’s accompanying music strongly builds on traditional Hungarians melodies and motifs, making it even more touching.

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The Hungarian Book of Records has authenticated the new record under the name of the Budapest 2017 Organising Committee.

The 17th FINA World Championships will take place between July 14 and 30 this year in Budapest and Balatonfüred. The Event is of the largest volume that Hungary has ever hosted so far, it is a great honour for the entire country and nation to become the center of international attention in July.

Photo: FINA-Budapest


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