Medal Count: 2013 Worlds Round Up

by SwimSwam Staff 38

August 05th, 2013 International, News

Well, the 2013 FINA Swimming World Championships have concluded.  In lieu of a longer written summary, here are some more highlights of days 7 and 8, as well as the overall medal table…

  • There were 120 medals given out in total over 40 events (17 individual, 3 relays for each gender), but not in equal distribution, thanks to Matt Grevers and Jeremy Stravius tying for second in the men’s 50 backstroke on the final night.  A total of 40 gold, 41 silver, and 39 bronze medals were awarded.
  • As expected, the United States led the way with 29 medals overall (24.17% of all awarded), including 13 gold (32.50%). Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky were the most valuable swimmers for the Americans, bringing nine gold medals between the two of them.  Here’s how that compares with recent years, in terms of percentage of available medals (World Championships have more medals due to the inclusion of the 50’s of stroke and the non-Olympic distance free events).

Team USA Percentage of Possible Medals Won

Event

% Gold

% Silver

% Bronze

% Total

2005

Worlds

37.50%

26.83%

15.00%

26.45%

2007

Worlds

48.78%

32.50%

7.69%

30.00%

2008

Olympics

35.29%

26.47%

27.78%

29.81%

2009

Worlds

25.00%

15.00%

14.29%

18.03%

2011

Worlds

38.10%

13.16%

20.00%

24.17%

2012

Olympics

47.06%

25.00%

18.75%

30.39%

2013

Worlds

32.50%

19.51%

20.51%

24.17%

Even though this was thought to have possibly been a down year with some pretty significant retirees leaving the ranks, Team USA didn’t take too much of a hit without the likes of Michael Phelps.  The American squad got Wonder Woman-esque performances from Franklin and Ledecky, but also had a lot of first-time individual qualifiers step up and earn medals (Michael McBroom, Eugene Godsoe, Chase Kalisz, and Jimmy Feigen to name a few).

  • Fran Halsall salvaged an otherwise dismal team performance for Great Britain by winning bronze in the women’s 50 free on the final night, the first and only medal for the Brits.
  • The struggles for Germany, Great Britain, and Italy continued this week.  These three traditionally strong swim nations brought home a combined four medals (two silver, two bronze).
  • Despite bringing home the second highest gold total, China’s overall count took a bit of a hit from previous years.  The Chinese team won 14 medals (five gold) in 2011, and ten medals (five gold) a year ago in London.  Though their total this week is just one less than last summer, remember that the Olympic schedule does not include the 50’s of stroke or non-Olympic distance events, which accounted for four of China’s nine medals this week.
  • While Russia won eight medals overall–their highest total at a world-level long course championships since the 1998 World Championships (not a typo)–you could tell their men’s squad was hurt by putting together a fully-tapered performance less than two weeks before at the World University Games.  The biggest evidence of that was in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, where the Russian team would have easily won gold with their time from Kazan.
  • If Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky were a country (Frankdeckland?  Ledecklinland?  Franklideckia?), they would place third overall in terms of medalsm and second overall in terms of golds.  Their total haul: nine golds.

2013 World Championship Medals – Day 7

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

2

0

0

2

Denmark

1

1

0

2

South Africa

1

0

0

1

Brazil

1

0

0

1

Russia

0

1

0

1

Hungary

0

1

0

1

Australia

0

1

0

1

China

0

1

0

1

Poland

0

0

1

1

Trinidad and Tobago

0

0

1

1

New Zealand

0

0

1

1

Netherlands

0

0

1

1

Canada

0

0

1

1

 

2013 World Championship Medals – Day 8

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

France

2

1

0

3

USA

1

2

2

5

Russia

1

0

1

2

Japan

1

0

1

2

Hungary

1

0

0

1

China

1

0

0

1

Netherlands

1

0

0

1

Australia

0

3

0

3

Lithuania

0

1

0

1

Canada

0

1

0

1

Spain

0

1

0

1

Great Britain

0

0

1

1

Italy

0

0

1

1

Brazil

0

0

1

1

 

2013 World Championship Medals – Overall

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

13

8

8

29

China

5

2

2

9

France

4

1

4

9

Australia

3

10

0

13

South Africa

3

1

1

5

Hungary

3

1

1

5

Russia

2

3

3

8

Brazil

2

0

3

5

Denmark

1

3

0

4

Japan

1

2

3

6

Sweden

1

1

0

2

Lithuania

1

1

0

2

Netherlands

1

0

3

4

Spain

0

3

1

4

Poland

0

2

1

3

Canada

0

1

2

3

Italy

0

1

1

2

Germany

0

1

0

1

New Zealand

0

0

3

3

Finland

0

0

1

1

Great Britain

0

0

1

1

Trinidad and Tobago

0

0

1

1

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boknows34
9 years ago

Percentage of swims faster than entry time at BCN13 – (nations with 20 or more starts).

Czech Rep – 59%
USA – 50%
Spain – 50%
South Africa – 50%
Sweden – 50%
Brazil – 47%
Hungary – 44%
Ukraine 40%
Mexico – 36%
France – 35%
China – 35%
Australia – 33%
Great Britain – 31%
Russia – 31%
Canada – 31%
New Zealand – 29%
Italy – 24%
Korea – 23%
Japan – 22%
Germany – 19%

National Records By Nation

Country #
ESP 16
RUS 10
DEN 9

FIN 8
UKR 8
VEN… Read more »

slavysia
9 years ago

So, if Missy will swim 57.50 and 202 in 2 or 3 years, than Ustinova will be 57.40 and 2.01. And look at the results of european junior and youth ….. . Ustinova, Sedov, Openysheva, Nasretdinova, Baklakova, Makovich,Dorinov…. . 22 golden medals against 3 ( !!) of second place Great Britain !!! Russia and China will make USA suffer a lot in 2016, not only in international politics, but also in Rio de Janeiro !!

bobo gigi
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

We have understood you are not a friend of USA in general.
I’m not an enemy of the Russian swimmers.
I say just that Ustinova isn’t the cleanest swimmer in the world. She has had a few problems this year.
And about Russian potential, if you have read me, I have even written the biggest rival of the US team in the women’s medley relay in the next years wouldn’t be Australia but Russia.

landofthegold
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

ah bobo you are too nice. theres a reason for Daria’s speed and lets just say its not legal.

as for politics i guess we’ll just have to go with what SLAVYSIA says. you seem 140% sure 😉

KeithM
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

Ve Vill crush you!

bobo gigi
Reply to  KeithM
9 years ago

Translation?

KeithM
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

It was intended to quote Khrushchev but I’ve seen find out it’s “we will bury you”

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  KeithM
9 years ago

that’s the russian funny accent ” we will crush you ” type of …;

boknows34
Reply to  KeithM
9 years ago

This must be said in the voice of Ivan Drago.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

this is very presumptious from u to affirm Golds well before anything happened . Russia is a very good nation in swimming for a long time but u are going too far ahead . Bring those guys to top Performances first , than we shall seee ……

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

When Russia will bring at least 29 medals in their bags ( and WR’s )and outstanding performances , than we will beleive you . LOL

slavysia
9 years ago

Still 14 year-old Daria Ustinova will be faster than Franklin in 3 years, maybe even in Kazan 2015.

CoachGB
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

Does she have the “tude”?

KeithM
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

After Shanghai we had a poster or two say the same thing about Zevina and van Rouwendaal.

bobo gigi
Reply to  slavysia
9 years ago

Missy will swim 57.50 and 2.02 in 2 or 3 years. I hope the very clean Ustinova will not be faster. 🙂
If you want a rival for Missy after 2016, I have the 11-year-old Regan Smith. Already 30.59/1.06.05/2.24.27 on backstroke.
But the main rival of Missy will be Missy. Will she have still the fire on backstroke after 2016 and so many wins? I hope so. It could be a decade of backstroke domination like Aaron Peirsol in the 2000s.

Liliana
9 years ago

If you split that medal table into 2 – men and women – you’ll see that USA men weren’t that impressive at all.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Liliana
9 years ago

It’s kinda hard to make that comparison when you have the likes of Ledecky and Franklin. I counted 13 total medals for the women in the pool, and 15 for the men. Not as many golds obviously for the men, but overall a pretty balanced team. Maybe not to your standards, but compared to other countries, no other country compares with the USA men with regards to depth.

Actually a team where the women are dominate is Australia. They have upcoming male talents, but the women accounted for 9 total medals and the men just 4.

Rafael
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

At the spanish team the dominance of Women is even more clear…the total opposite of Brazil

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
9 years ago

Ooh, let’s see how good I count:

Women’s individual medals: Volmer 100 fly, Hardy 100/200 breast, Lawrence 200 breast, Beisel 400 IM. So, five from four people, plus Franklin/Ledecky’s six? Six total individual medalists.

The mens medals were more spread out – Grevers 50/100 back, Plummer 100 back, Lochte 200 back, 200 IM, Clary 200 back, Feigen 100 free, Adrian 100 free, Dwyer 200 free, Jaeger 400 free, McBroom 800 free, Kalisz 400 IM. 10 individual medalists for 12 medals.

Goose egg for the men in breaststroke.

Kris
9 years ago

You have a typo there.

Franklin 6 gold medals (3 individually + 3 relays)
Ledecky 4 gold medals (3 individually + 1 relay)

Combined 9 gold medals (6 individually + 3 relays)

bobo gigi
9 years ago

Dear swimswam staff, please put France in third position of your medal table! We have 4 gold medals!

Rafael
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

And BRA behind Russia, not behind Sweden..

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

In my opinion an overall number of medals create a best impression of the success of a particular country. Australia is easily the second best nation behind the USA.

bobo gigi
Reply to  SwimFanFinland
9 years ago

I agree with you swimfanfinland but the medal table isn’t built like that. So France is ahead of Australia.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

and France did an overalll better meet compare to Australia ( who had a much bigger contingent of swimmers ) . Bravo to France !

bobo gigi
9 years ago
bobo gigi
9 years ago
bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

But with the women’s 800 free it’s better.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SIOr1NQ3ms