FINA Confirms $2.1 Million Prize Money Pool For 2022 Short Course World Championships

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
1st place $10,000 $15,000 $10,000
2nd place $8,000 $12,000 $8,000
3rd place $7,000 $10,500 $7,000
4th place $6,000 $9,000 $6,000
5th place $5,000 $7,500 $5,000
6th place $4,000 $6,000 $4,000
7th place $3,000 $4,500 $3,000
8th place $2,000 $3,000 $2,000
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.

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11 months ago

WR should get a million.

11 months ago

god that’s such BS. These are the finest athletes in the world.

1 year ago

Just goes to show the significance of competition to FINA events .. it raises the prize money for athletes etc

1 year ago

Where does all this money come from? It seems like a bubble.

Reply to  Hank
1 year ago

Funding? It’s not really a hard concept to wrap your head around. And it’s not exactly a huge amount of money that is up for grabs either

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
11 months ago

Who is providing the funding?

Dressel GOAT
1 year ago

“…When FINA made a significant increase to its prize money pool last year, a primary reason was believed to be the International Swimming League…”

It’s because it was in the Middle East where countries like UAE 🇦🇪 and Qatar 🇶🇦 possess oil money and are able to offer a bigger prize money compared to other nations in pretty much every sport.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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