2022 FINA Short Course World Championships
- Tuesday, December 13 – Sunday, December 18, 2022
- Melbourne, Australia
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
- SCM (25 meters)
- Meet Central
There will be more than $2.1 million (USD) up for grabs at next month’s Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, a decrease compared to the $2.8 million that was on the line last year in Abu Dhabi.
Prize money will be distributed to the top eight finishers in each event—both individual and relays—with the winner earning $10,000 and a total of $45,000 handed out in each race. Last year, each winner earned $15,000 and a total of $67,500 was distributed per event.
The breakdown will be the same as it was at the 2018 championships in Hangzhou, China. The total prize pool sees a slight increase, from $2.07 to $2.16 million, due to the addition of the women’s 1500 free and the men’s 800 free to the program.
|2018 Breakdown||2021 Breakdown||2022 Breakdown|
|Total per event||$45,000||$67,500||$45,000|
Note: Prize money for relay events is the same as for individual events, but the prize money is per relay team not per athlete.
There will also be a $25,000 bonus awarded to swimmers who break a world record over the course of the meet.
At last year’s SC Worlds, when the world record prize was $50,000, four new world records were set.
At the 2022 Long Course World Championships in Budapest, a total of $2.73 million was awarded in the pool swimming competition, with each winner earning $20,000.
FINA recently gave out nearly $1.4 million ($1,396,000) at its World Cup series, $200,000 of which came in the form of bonuses from either the ‘triple crown’ or new world records.
When FINA made a significant increase to its prize money pool last year, a primary reason was believed to be the International Swimming League (ISL), which awarded over $6 million in prize money during its fourth season in 2021. This year’s ISL season was canceled due to the war in Ukraine.