With the Eindhoven stop of the 2013 World Cup hitting the ground running today, a refresher and an update on what has changed with regards to the scoring lists and money awards.
First of all, Katinka Hosszu is about to make a lot of money. She’s already got $20,000 in her bank for two World Records, and South African Chad le Clos and Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo each get $10,000 for their World Record swims.
Now that this is out of the way, here’s the breakdown:
Per event ($102,000 x 8 = $816,000)
Winners get $1,500
2nd place gets $1,000
3rd place gets $500
Per cluster ($200,000 + $300,000 + $300,000 = $800,000)
The series has been broken down into three clusters this year:
Cluster 1 (Eindhoven, August 7-8; Berlin, August 10-11)
Cluster 2 (Moscow, October 12-13; Dubai, October 17-18; Doha, October 20-21)
Cluster 3 (Singapore, November 5-6; Tokyo, November 9-10; Beijing, November 13-14)
Which will each have their own sets of rankings to award a total of $800,000 in prizes, in addition to that money given away above.
Overall Prizes ($180,000 x 2 = $360,000)
And, as always, the big prizes will be given to the overall winners, runners-up, and third-place finishers for the series based upon who has accumulated the most points in the series:
1st place: US$100’000 (male and female winners each receive this)
2nd place: US$80’000 (male and female each)
3rd place: US$30’000 (male and female each)
$1,976,000 in total prize money available for the 8 meet series, plus the $10,000 per World Record. With 4 World Records already, that means that a minimum of $2,000,000 will be handed out in prize money.
Along with a revamped cash award system, FINA has tweaked its scoring system. In the old format, the top 10 individual swims from each meet were rewarded with points. That put a lot of emphasis, though, on swimmers who were really good at a single event, despite most of the public interest coming with those athletes who were able to excel in multiple events in the compact, two-day schedule.
Top three performances at each meet
With the FINA Points Table used to standardize scoring across events, the top three performances at each meet receive bonus points, so this element of scoring isn’t totally lost:
Best performance: 24 points
2nd best performance: 18 points
3rd best performance: 12 points
Top three in each event
In addition, new this year, the top three in each event get points: 12 for a gold, 9 for a silver, and 6 for a bronze.
That means that the best individual event performances are worth double an event victory. That still makes the best performance rankings significant, but they can be trumped by a Megan Romano or Katinka Hosszu who is taking on 7 or 8 events at each meet.
World Record bonus
And, with the most relevance they’ve had since the 2009 series, World Records earn 20 bonus points, with World Records tied earning 10 bonus points.
So far, the new changes, coupled with the proximity to the World Championships, is working. The entry lists are bursting with Olympic and World Champions, and as noted, we had four World Records in a single day in the biggest such run in four years.
Will the enthusiasm sustain beyond the European legs? That remains to be seen. There were still plenty of empty seats in Eindhoven, disappointingly, so it’s taken some time for the fans to come around as well.