Hosszu & Morozov Make Serious Cash In Chartres Day 1


The World Cup Series kicked off today in Chartres, France where those willing to travel, race and win can rake in some serious dough across each stop and the overall meet clusters as well.

Today, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu proved once again why she has earned the sport’s moniker of “Iron Lady”, as the three-time Olympic gold medalist singed the field to take the top of the podium in 3 events. Hosszu first knocked down the 200m freestyle in 1:53.34, moved on to the 100m butterfly where she touched out the field in a mark of 56.09, and rounded out her wins with a rapid 2:06.64 200m IM performance. For each victory, Hosszu pocketed $1500 to total $4500.

However, being the ferocious competitor that entails being the #IronLady, Hosszu also tackled the women’s 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke, where she scored a respective 3rd place and 2nd place finish to collect an additional $1500. Add in a 2nd place finish in the 800m freestyle and Hosszu raked in a cool $6,000 before the day was out.  Of note, she also raced in the women’s 50m freestyle, but wound up 5th.

Russia’s Valdimir Morozov proved today that a swimmer doesn’t necessarily need to take on a monster schedule in order to fatten up his wallet. Instead, the 24-year-old 2016 Olympian proved one can get the most bang for his buck by simply throwing down an incredible swim in the few events in which one does participate.

Today for instance, Morozov clocked a shiny new short course World Record in the men’s 100m IM event. Touching in 50.60, Morozov represented the only competitor to dip beneath the 51-second threshold, but also out-pace the previous record held by Markus Deibler since just before the German’s retirement. With the event win and World Record bonus, Morozov snatched up $11,500 just in that one event alone.

But, Morozov also popped a win in the 100m freestyle earlier in the meet, taking that race in a swift 45.57. He beat the next-closest competitor, Japan’s Shinri Shioura by almost 1 1/2 seconds and also earned another $1500 for the win. That gives Morozov a total of $13,00 for a work day consisting of two prelim and two final swims. That’s a slight consolation for the man who had a disappointing Olympics, finishing out of the final in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events in Rio.

Even clocking a World Record time, however, isn’t a guarantee for a full-on payday, as Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson found out. She turned out a killer time of 1:02.36 to take the women’s 100m breaststroke, but the mark matched the World Record and didn’t out-right beat the existing time. World Record bonuses are not awarded for ties, unfortunately for Atkinson.

The meet continues tomorrow in Chartres, where the following moneymakers will try to capitalize on each additional splash.

Additional Winners:

  • Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA) took the men’s 50m breaststroke (25.98) and 200m breaststroke (2:05.12) wins to collect $3,000. Of note, Germany’s Marco Koch was a no-swim in both events, which would have set-up a nice battle in the longer event had he been able to participate.
  • RSA teammate Chad Le Clos snatched up two wins as well, earning the 200m butterfly gold in 1:51.25 and the 50m butterfly win in 22.17.
  • A Frenchman and a German landed atop the podium throughout the day as well, with Jordan Pothain taking the men’s 400m free in 3:40.56, while Phillip Heintz stopped the clock at 4:03.51 to win the men’s 400m IM.
  • Also taking a victory in the men’s events was Australia’s Bobby Hurley, touching in 50.51 for the close 100m backstroke win over countrymate Mitch Larkin‘s 50.54.
  • In addition to the aforementioned victories by Hosszu and Atkinson, Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen claimed 50m freestyle gold by toping the field in a swift 53.72.
  • Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine just missed the world record in the women’s 200 back, clocking 1:59.35 for the gold medal and a new World Cup record. The swim missed Hosszu‘s world record of 1:59.23 by just 12 one-hundredths of a second, and makes her just the third woman to crack two minutes in the history of the event.
  • Germany nabbed the win in the women’s 800m freestyle, courtesy of Franziska Hentke‘s winning time of 8:24.66.


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5 years ago

Unbelievable from Hosszu- so many events in such a short space of time and then to finish with 800m freestyle. Ridiculous.

5 years ago

Are swimmers who are making a living on these prize money meets swimming “too much?” I feel like these prize money meets are really harming some swimmers (i.e. top talent who win events and cash in, le Clos Hosszu) in the long run. Two sides of the coin: 1. professional swimmers making a living swimming 2. swimmers overtrained and overswum throughout the year. Its crazy to me that le clos or housszo wouldn’t take a few weeks longer off from competition! The stress of the olympic schedule physically and mentally (mostly mentally) must be crazy not to want to shut it down for more that 2ish weeks.

Reply to  swimfan
5 years ago

^^^This. This attitude is what’s killing professional swimming. It’s only a problem for swimmers who aren’t eating right, aren’t taking care of their bodies, aren’t invested as TRUE professional athletes. There seems to be a misconception – that athletes get paid just to show up at 1 meet a year and swim fast. Nobody’s paying athletes millions of dollars in endorsements for that kind of attitude – and if they do, they’re idiots.

Didn’t seem to hurt Hosszu. There’s only a small, small handful of true professional swimmers on planet earth. Hosszu is one of them. That’s why she is cleaning up financially. Good for her.

Reply to  NotHosszu
5 years ago

Professional swimming isn’t dying, yo. If anything it’s thriving now more than ever

Reply to  NotHosszu
5 years ago

I understand how it works. I’m saying there is a disconnect between whats good for a swimmer physically and mentally and the business of it. Living like a true professional athlete cost money as well and theres no guarantee that you’ll be able to cover those costs. Let me go on a unrelated tangent; I’d much rather see a dual meet circuit where club teams act like professional sports teams and compete in dual meets throughout the season culminating in a worlds meet. The teams cover expenses and swimmers salary and the prize money goes to team for winner meets along with advertisement revenue. I feel like you’d be able to ticket these events. Obviously there would be a ton… Read more »

Reply to  swimfan
5 years ago

Can’t believe anyone actually down voted that and so many. I think it should be obvious to give the body some rest. Not just the body but the mind some time to rest and recover.

Reply to  Beachbumj343
5 years ago

August isn’t everyone’s “break”. It happens to be a common break for US Club/College teams but not all countries are on that Sep-Jul calendar.

Many of these athletes, being pro, probably have taken breaks earlier in the calendar (some time in December/January) year.

My guess is these pros have planned on the Olympic prep and then this WC swing. This is where they can make money.

5 years ago

Manaudou’s 50m (SC) breast stroke is respectable! 26.49 for individual and 26.00 for mixed medley relay.

Reply to  spectatorn
5 years ago

Hes already gone 26.11 2 years ago, but those times are not that bad!..

5 years ago

So Morozov is beating all other swimmers by 1 1/2 seconds in a 100, and he isn’t a drug cheat???? Shaking my head.
Swim swam did an article that directly showed he had positive drug tests go missing. POSITIVE DRUG TESTS, NOT TEST, TESTS, yet here he is competing.
Russia and Putin must be paying a good chunk of change for these russians to still be competing

Reply to  PackedWarmUps
5 years ago

He’s just a much better scm swimmer than LCM and it’s not like they have the best of the best here.

Reply to  Cheatinvlad
5 years ago

Best of best here? He’d win anyway he’s a monster SC. and drugs? He’ll be tested thru the roof?
We have to respect fina, ioc, wada, etc they didn’t think he did anything wrong.
Hard to take, but sick of moaning.
The Powers of sport said vlad is ok. So that’s that.
Stop been bitter

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
5 years ago

Actually, WADA did think that Morozov shouldn’t swim in Rio.
per IOC rule, Morozov shouldn’t have been in Rio as well.
FINA also initially banned Morozov, but CAS decided you just can’t ban individual swimmer, you have to ban the whole team (a la IAAF) which they advised IOC and FINA, but FINA was too coward to do so.

Barnacle Boy
5 years ago

Wait didnt someone predict 45.57 exactly on the prelims post? #conspiracy #russia=illuminati

5 years ago

There is no doubt that Hosszu is the most versatile swimmer in the world. Just terrific! Congrats iron lady!

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