FINA decided to award prize money to fourth-place relays and will retroactively include the relays from Guangzhou and Budapest at some point. Originally, FINA had proposed $2,000 for the fourth relays but did not mention awards beyond third place in its final documentation. (We do not yet know how much money will be awarded for these relays but will update our tables when we find out.) ### In This Story ### 13 Leave a Reply Subscribe Notify of 13 Comments Inline Feedbacks View all comments Northern SwimParent 1 year ago Who picked the participants and on what basis? Who was not invited? And why? Why are there no prelims? Have a real meet with prize money! This is like ice dancing which tours the world following the Olympics. It is disgusting! Thomas Reply to Northern SwimParent 1 year ago I think prelims/finals and real competition would honestly draw athletes away from the meet. The guarantee for some$ is what makes the trip from USA to China or Budapest and the break in training worth it. Otherwise these athletes would likely prefer to compete in their home country – less competition travel means no change in timezones and more time in the pool.

Northern SwimParent
1 year ago

Thanks for your thoughts on this. That makes sense.

Clearly there are meets that athletes train for and will travel to. Why can they not make these meets one of them. Or, why not include the prize money as part of the worlds, as an example? These meets are a circus show.

Thomas
1 year ago

I think worlds does have prize money. I have no clue how much though. I’d assume not much because it isn’t talked about too often.

1 year ago
Northern SwimParent
1 year ago

Observer
1 year ago

Think of it as an All-Star weekend… What are you so mad about??

Northern SwimParent
1 year ago

Thomas, don’t get me wrong. I want what is best for these swimmers. $2million in prize money at some totally contrived competition I have zero interest in.$2million in prize money at the worlds, now that would be exciting.

I am a fan, so they should be thinking about how to engage me and other fans in the sport. That is how we can elevate the sport. The sport really does not lend itself to this type of circus show.

Yozhik
1 year ago

There is a restriction on number of swimmers from each country at WC. So many swimmers who deserve to be compensated won’t come to these meet because of that. An vice versa there would be swimmers awarded despite of poor performance. Until the world championships is based on ranking system like let say grand slam tours there would be no fair award system.
By fair award system I mean the system where the level of award corresponds to level of performance. The only problem with that is that in swimming it isn’t clear how to design the ranking procedure.

Aquajosh
1 year ago

I’d love to see a meet where only swimmers who weren’t invited to the Champions Series can enter, and the top x number of performances as ranked by FINA Performance Points win wildcard entry to the Champions Series. Now THAT would be exciting, AND fast!

Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Michael Andrew is perfect for boxing the trifecta…especially when keyed for show

bayliss
1 year ago

yeeeeeeesh! 60k for just a few minutes of work. for a 19 year old that’s not too bad. still trying to get that personal income above 30k for this year as a 25 year old.

1 year ago

(Michael Andrew is 20 now – just had a birthday).