After making over $300,000 on the World Cup Tour this year, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has made nearly half a million dollars in prize money this year in the short course pool alone. She made $106,000 based on her individual swims this week in Doha, easily leading all athletes.
FINA gives out prize money to the top 6 athletes in each event, plus bonuses for World Records. Here is the prize money system:
- Gold medal: $7000
- Silver: $5000
- Bronze: $3000
- 4th place: $2000
- 5th: $1500
- 6th: $1000
- World Record bonus: $15,000
That big world record bonus means that the 8 individual world record-breakers all place highly in the total money-earners. Hosszu made $60,000 that way for her 4-world record performance.
Second is Mireia Belmonte, who broke 2 world records and went 4-for-4 on individual golds. She earned $58,000, just a tick more than double-world record-setter Sarah Sjostrom ($56,000).
The highest-earning man individually was Florent Manadou, who made $49,000 on his two world records and three individual medals.
The top 10 money-earners based on individual events are below. Ryan Lochte and Kosuke Hagino are the only two to make the top 10 without setting a world record, a testament to their versatility. Lochte, in fact, made $16,000 without earning an individual gold medal, courtesy of two silvers and two bronzes.
Top 10 money-earners:
|Rank||Name||Total Money||World Records:|
|5||Chad le Clos||$43,000||1|