2021 FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- October 1-3, 2021
- Europasportpark Pool (SSE), Berlin, Germany
- Short course meters (25m)
- 2021 FINA World Cup Schedule
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
- Day 3 Recap
The first leg of the 2021 FINA World Cup took place in Berlin over the weekend, playing host to a number of exciting races. Along with the hardware that athletes picked up following their podium finishes, FINA is also awarding prize money to the top 20 ranked swimmers at each meet in the series.
The scoring system that FINA is following awards points to swimmers based on their top three performances at the meet in terms of placement and time. A full breakdown of how that scoring breakdown occurs can be read here.
Anastasia Gorbenko topped the women’s rankings in Berlin with a total of 57.1 points based on her triple event win. Gorbenko took gold in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, as well as the 100 IM.
Emma McKeon, who won the women’s 50 and 100 freestyles (2 of the events in which she took gold in Tokyo), and silver in the 50 butterfly, was second with 55.8 points. Rounding out the top 3, Maggie MacNeil raked in 54.6 points after collecting 100 butterfly gold, as well as silver in the 50 and 100 backstrokes.
As for the men, Arno Kamminga and Matt Sates each won 3 events at the meet but based on FINA points, Sates had the edge points-wise by 0.40. Sates earned 57.7 based on his wins in the 200 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM, while the Dutchman won the 50/100/200 breaststroke triple and collected 57.8 points for second place.
Following the leading duo, American Tom Shields picked up 56.2 points at the meet thanks to his 50 and 100 butterfly wins, as well as his silver medal swim in the 200 fly. Despite his backstroke hattrick, Christian Diener was just off Shields’ points total with 55.9. Kyle Chalmers was 5th in the rankings with 55.7.
High point-scorers Gorbenko and Kamminga will walk away with $12,000 each, while McKeon and Sates earned $10,000, and MacNeil and Shields $8,000.
Take a look at the top 20 ranked women and men at the meet, along with their total earnings in Berlin:
Note: These tables represent earned totals. Current/prospective NCAA athletes (e.g Maggie MacNeil, Matt Sates, Leah Hayes, Lydia Jacoby, Cavan Gormsen, Charlotte Hook, Quintin McCarty, etc.) are only allowed to claim up to an amount that covers actual costs, generally speaking.
Women’s Top 20 Earners – 2021 FINA World Cup, Berlin
|16||Maaike de Waard||NED||39.5||$4,400|
Men’s Top 20 Earners – 2021 FINA World Cup, Berlin
|6||Chad le Clos||RSA||51.6||$5,400|
There will be 3 more opportunities for swimmers to add to their World Cup earnings this month at the following meets:
- Budapest (HUN) – October 7-9
- Doha (QAT) – October 21-23
- Kazan (RUS) – October 28-30