Hosszu makes $106,000 individually at SC World Champs, top 10 money-earners list

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:
1 Katinka Hosszu $106,000 4
2 Mireia Belmonte $58,000 2
3 Sarah Sjostrom $56,000 2
4 Florent Manaudou $49,000 2
5 Chad le Clos $43,000 1
6 Alia Atkinson $29,000 1
7 Markus Deibler $22,000 1
7 Etiene Medeiros $22,000 1
9 Ryan Lochte $16,000 0
10 Kosuke Hagino $15,500 0

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
6 years ago

Its heartening to see that even the 3rd or 4th best female swimmer in the world can make so much money from a single meet.

6 years ago

Do they get cash prizes for relays as well?

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Thank you for the photo. 🙄 I’m still scared.

Well. As I promised, I’ve tried to compile all finals I’ve found from SCM world championships and US Winter Nationals.

Let’s begin with SCM world championships. In the good order.

Men’s 200 free. Winner. Chad Le Clos in 1.41.45

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Women’s 200 fly. Winner. Mireia Belmonte Garcia in 1.59.61. New world record!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Women’s 400 IM. Winner. Mireia Belmonte Garcia in 4.19.86. New world record!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Men’s 4X100 free relay. Winner. France in 3.03.78.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Women’s 4X200 free relay. Winner. Netherlands in 7.32.85. New world record!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Men’s 4X50 medley relay. Winner. Brazil in 1.30.51. New world record!

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »