Hosszu crushing World Cup points, Le Clos leads Gyurta and Fraser-Holmes for men

Katinka Hosszu is well on her way to defending her World Cup points title with one of seven stops down. Hosszu leads all women with 189 points. That’s actually more than Hosszu left the first stop with last year – Hosszu had 161 points at the first meet in 2013.

That’s impressive, considering Hosszu got 4 world record bonuses last year and just 3 this year. She made up the difference with a heavier event lineup (heavier even by Iron Lady standards) that included 7 event wins, a silver and two bronzes.

For the men, it’s Chad le Clos of South Africa leading the way. Like Hosszu, le Clos is the defending series points champion, though he seems to be taking a different strategy this time around. After dealing with a lot of fatigue by the end of last year’s series, le Clos is taking lighter lineups early in this year’s Cup. He swam just three events in Doha, winning all three. That should have placed him behind Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who won four races, but le Clos earned 18 bonus points for having the best performance of the meet on FINA points.

Daniel Gyurta also benefited from that performance bonus. His 200 breast was the best performance of the meet on the men’s side, adding 24 points to his two-win total and bringing him into a tie with Fraser-Holmes for second.

Here’s a quick look at how points work on the World Cup circuit:

***Total points=medal points+performance points+world record bonus***

1. Medal Points

Each athlete in the top 3 of an individual event earns points for their medal status:

  • 1st: 12 points
  • 2nd: 9 points
  • 3rd: 6 points

2. Performance Points

The top 3 individual performances (based on FINA points) for men and women at each meet earn performance bonuses. Only one bonus per swimmer, even if one swimmer has multiple events place in the top 3 overall in FINA points.

  • Best performance: 24 points
  • 2nd-best performance: 18 points
  • 3rd-best performance: 12 points

3. World Record bonus

Any swimmer breaking a world record earns a 20 point bonus added to their total.


Those three categories are added up to get an athlete’s total.

The 7-stage World Cup is broken down into three different “clusters.” There are cash bonuses for the top 6 men and women within each cluster. The first cluster is made up of Doha and the Dubai World Cup to happen this weekend. So the current leaders have great shots at those cluster bonuses over the weekend.

By our count, here are the top 3 performances for men and women from Doha. If there are any swims we missed, let us know in the comments.


  1. Daniel Gyurta, Hungary, 200 breast – 2:01.06/990 FINA Points
  2. Chad le Clos, South Africa, 100 fly – 48.70/986 FINA Points
  3. Marco Koch, Germany, 200 breast – 2:01.71/974 FINA Points


  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 200 IM – 2:02.61/1014 FINA Points
  2. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, 50 Breast – 29.12/967 FINA Points
  3. Inge Dekker, Netherlands, 100 fly – 56.05/947 FINA Points

Men’s World Cup Points

Rank Athlete Country TOTAL POINTS
1 Chad le Clos South Africa 54
2 Thomas Fraser-Holmes Australia 48
2 Daniel Gyurta Hungary 48
4 Tom Shields USA 39
5 Marco Koch Germany 36
6 Christian Diener Germany 30
7 Velimir Stjepanovic Serbia 27
8 Konrad Czerniak Poland 22.5
9 Eugene Godsoe USA 21
10 George Bovell Trinidad & Tobago 19.5
11 Roland Schoeman South Africa 18
12 Bobby Hurley Australia 15
12 Cody Miller USA 15
12 Pawel Korzeniowski Poland 15
15 Gergo Kis Hungary 12
15 Josh Schneider USA 12
15 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 12
18 David Verraszto Hungary 9
18 Fabio Scozzoli Italy 9
18 Leith Shankland South Africa 9
21 Ahmed Mathlouthi Tunisia 6
21 Hayate Matsubara Japan 6
21 Martin Schweitzer Switzerland 6
21 Martin Spitzer Austria 6
21 Nikolay Skvortsov Russia 6
21 Steffen Deibler Germany 6
21 Yukihiro Takahashi Japan 6


Women’s World Cup Points

Rank Athlete Country TOTAL POINTS
1 Katinka Hosszu Hungary 189
2 Inge Dekker Netherlands 60
3 Mireia Belmonte Garcia Spain 45
4 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 42
5 Marieke D’Cruz Australia 33
6 Breeja Larson USA 30
6 Daryna Zevina Ukraine 30
8 Aleksanrda Urbanczyk Poland 27
9 Caitlin Leverenz USA 21
9 Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir Iceland 21
11 Julia Hassler Liechtenstein 18
12 Carolina Colorado Henao Colombia 12
12 Danielle Villars Switzerland 12
14 Evelyn Verraszto Hungary 9
15 Franziska Hentke Germany 6
15 Laura Sogar USA 6
15 Lena Kreundl Austria 6
15 Lisa Zaiser Austria 6

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Marco Koch beat shields with 200 breast-970 something points


I want see a sub 2:00 200scm Breast before Rio so bad!


I think you will! Gyurta may get there by the end of this year

david s

Any Jewish Israel swimmers in Doha or Dubai?
After last year’s disgusting acts of discrimination i’m waiting to see if the arabs will repeat it and fina once again turn a blind eye

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