McKeon, Sates, Toussaint, Shields Earn Over $100k From FINA 2021 World Cup

2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #4 – KAZAN

  • Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30th
  • Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
  • Prelims: 10 am local / 3 am ET
  • Finals: 6 pm local / 11 am ET
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results

The 2021 FINA World Cup featured a new prize money system for its 4-meet series, which the top 20 swimmers at each meet with monetary awards at each meet and then awarded a bonus to the 10 highest point-scorers series-wide.

An athletes’ score at a meet was calculated based on their top 3 performances in terms of placement within the final and FINA points (which are based on time).

At each of the Berlin, Budapest, Doha, and Kazan meets, the man and woman with the highest score won $12,000 USD, while the second-place finisher would earn $10,000, third place $8,000, and so on. The first two meet winners were Anastasia Gorbenko and Matt Sates who topped their fields in Berlin, followed by Emma McKeon and Tom Shields who finished first in Berlin. Two new winners were crowned in Doha when Kira Toussaint and Daiya Seto earned $12,000 each and then at the final meet in Kazan Emma McKeon and Daiya Seto became the first 2 swimmers to repeat as meet victors.

While $12,000 is a significant sum of money, the real prize this year was the $100,000 USD bonus that was awarded to the series-wide high scorers. Double winner Emma McKeon and South Africa’s breakout star Matt Sates ultimately walked away with the highest point totals for the women and men with 228.3 and 227, respectively.

Both McKeon and Sates were consistently in the top 3 at each of the World Cup meets as McKeon took 2nd in Berlin, 1st in Budapest, 2ns in Doha, and 1st in Kazan, and Sates was 1st in Berlin, 2nd in Budapest, 3rd in Doha, and 2nd in Kazan.

Despite Sates’ $100,000+ in earnings, it is unlikely that he will be able to retain anywhere near that amount of money considering the stringent rules regarding prize money for NCAA athletes. Sates, who is expected to head to Georgia and race with the Bulldogs in the winter of 2022 is only permitted to accept cash awards up to an amount that would cover the expenses for each meet.

It seems like Sates is the only person within the top 10 point scorers on the men’s or women’s sides that will encounter this problem as no other swimmers are currently or expected to be racing in the NCAA. Check out the tables below for the top 10 men and women point-scorers for the 2021 FINA World Cup Series.

  • For a full breakdown of each athletes’ earnings at each of the 4 World Cup meets, click here.

Women’s Top 10

Rank Country Name Points (Berlin) Points (Budapest) Points (Doha) Points (Kazan) Total Points Top 10 Bonus Total Earnings
1
AUS
Emma
MCKEON
55.8
58.3
55.9 58.3 228.3 $100,000 $144,000
2
NED
Kira
TOUSSAINT
52.8
58.1
58.3 58.2 227.4 $70,000 $107,500
3
AUS
Madison
WILSON
50.6
50.7
55 52.8 209.1 $30,000 $52,900
4
SUI
Maria
UGOLKOVA
33.3
56
54.3 54.7 198.3 $15,000 $36,500
5
HUN
Zsuzsanna
JAKABOS
41.5
46.2
53.4  52 193.1  $14,000  $34,100
6 AUS Holly BARRATT 44.5 47.9 48.6 51.4 192.4 $12,000   $32,400
7
SWE
Michelle
COLEMAN
43.2
48.1
49.8 48.6 189.7 $11,000  $31,100 
8 AUS Leah NEALE 13.7 42.4 41.3 52.5 149.9 $10,000  $24,400 
9
SLO
Katja
FAIN
44.4
42.2
44.8 0 131.4 $9,000 $23,200
10 RUS Yuliya EFIMOVA 0 0 55.3 52.6 107.9 $7,000 $20,500

Men’s Top 10

Rank Country Name Points (Berlin) Points (Budapest) Points (Doha) Points (Kazan) Total Points Top 10 Bonus Total Earnings
1
RSA
Matt
SATES
58.2
57.5
55.7 55.6 227 $100,000 $140,000
2
USA
Tom
SHIELDS
56.2
58.1
54.7 55.4 224.4 $70,000 $103,500
3
NED
Arno
KAMMINGA
57.8
56
55.9 54.4 224.1 $30,000 $63,500
4
AUS
Kyle
CHALMERS
55.7
55.7
54 54.4 219.8 $15,000 $47,900*
5
LTU
Danas
RAPSYS
51.4
47.9
49 50.3 198.6  $14,000 $34,900
6
GER
Fabian
SCHWINGENSCHLOGL
49
48.7
46.2 49.8 193.7 $12,000  $32,400
7
HUN
Szebasztian
SZABO
48.7
46.2
48.3 49.5 192.7 $11,000  $31,000
8
ISR
Yakov
TOUMARKIN
47.3
46.6
44.8 43.3 182 $10,000  $29,500
9
HUN
Vlad
MOROZOV
28.3
48.8
49.7 46.9 173.7 $9,000 $24,600
10
NED
Jesse
PUTS
43.2
41
40.6 37.9 162.7 $7,000 $25,100
  • Kyle Chalmers was awarded a bonus of $10,000 for his world record-breaking 100 freestyle in Kazan, bringing his total earnings from $37,900 to $47,900

If we compare the earnings of the top 10 swimmers to the top earners of the 2021 ISL regular season, we see that only the top 4 earners; McKeon, Sates, Toussaint, and Shields won more than ISL top-earner Beata Nelson. Nelson earned $64,150 while racing for the Condors which was just ahead of the Tokyo Frog Kings’ Daiya Seto who earned $63,975.

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Taa
2 months ago

Hey Tom can I borrow a few bucks? Looking to get a new ride soon.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Dusting off the backstroke to earn some dinero.

Drama King
2 months ago

What about World Record bonus ?

Ghost
Reply to  Drama King
2 months ago

There is an asterisk and the $10k is added in to his total

Dan
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

I know you cannot do World Records on demand, but Chalmers record would have been worth $50,000 if it had been done at the SCM World Champs

Ghost
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

He can still re-break it at SCM Worlds!

Sub13
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

FINA runs both events and presumably pays for the bonus either way. Why is it different depending on the event?

Khachaturian
2 months ago

Nice to see more money circulating through the sport.

Ghost
Reply to  Khachaturian
2 months ago

Agree…surprised more Americans don’t take advantage!

Torchbearer
Reply to  Khachaturian
2 months ago

Sure is, I find it a little sad when top footballers earn millions per match though, and hard working swimmers compete for peanuts…but it is what it is! And congrats to Emma, what a year!

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

It’s sad but sports unfortunately give zero about feelings

Dan
2 months ago

I guess Sates will have to give up $125,000-$135,000 of the prize money from this World Cup season as he heads to Georgia.

Taa
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

You gotta wonder if he’s tempted

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

You would have to take the cash, surely. Clearly wherever and whatever training he is doing is working so continue as normal and gain a local education to capitalise on your earning potential now would have to be the advice he is receiving.

Cacrushers
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

I wonder if he could even join the pro group at Georgia and do his degree remotely from a South African uni for peanuts

Ghost
Reply to  Cacrushers
2 months ago

He seems to be doing quite well under his current coach. Why go to Georgia and join a watered down group? I don’t think any of their Olympians are still training there.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

The point is they tend to produce Olympians.

swifter
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

Nail on the head – the immorality of the collegiate system. Same applied to many, including Missi Franklin.
It is bordering of slavery – forcing people to chose between education and making a living in their chosen craft.
I bet the same doesn’t apply go paralegals paying their way though law school.
It is an absolute mystery to me how Americans (not only the swimmers… all american swim fans) are willing to put up with such totally bogus BS.
A total boycott of collegiate sports is called for.
One can understand not letting them get paid in college games/meets/tournaments, but prohibiting receipt of prize money payments in international professional competitions is outright slavery.

Troyy
Reply to  swifter
2 months ago

They can still get an education and make a living from their chosen craft they just have to pay their their way through college like your paralegal. These athletes are actually in a privileged position compared to your paralegal because they have the option of a free or subsidised education.

Mr. Sir
Reply to  swifter
2 months ago

I think your definition of “slavery” is a little wrong. LOL

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swifter
2 months ago

Dude, you really need to learn about actual slavery. You’re embarrassing yourself.

Attis76
2 months ago

Weird to see all these men competing among women… But hey! At least they made Top10..

Swimmer
Reply to  Attis76
2 months ago

…what?

Mike
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

Look at the table headings…

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Attis76
2 months ago

Um, did you just assume their gender?
But yeah, cut & paste error. Kinda wish I wouldn’t see so many of those here.

NornIron Swim
2 months ago

When will they get their payments? After next years World Cup circuit?

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  NornIron Swim
2 months ago

Well ISL is independent from FINA I believe so the chances of swimmers competing here not getting paid is pretty much zero. The isl is very inconsistent atm

Sub13
Reply to  NornIron Swim
2 months ago

FINA is not ISL. These people will probably have the money in their accounts this week.

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

I know.
It was a comment on the lack of payment from ISL.

BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

So I wondered where does this prize money come from. I looked at the FINA financial report and in FY 2019 the bulk of FINA’s income came from “FINA Events Income”. Is this mostly media rights fees because I imagine the concession stand doesn’t bring in that kind of dough.

SHRKB8
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

The “Slush Fund” would only be topped up as required…..kind of like “The Cloud” that stores all our information…who knows where it comes from or goes too LOL!!

50free
2 months ago

I am confused I thought the NCAA was allowing athletes to make money now?

John
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

They can make money off of their name, image, and likeness. They cant take prize money.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  John
2 months ago

They can’t take prize money in excess of their actual expenses*

I think there’s a gaping loophole here. Money can be paid to the federation, federation can pay the athlete for an “endorsement.”

Or several variations thereof.