Hosszu, Irie Lead Money Lists at Mare Nostrum Monaco Stop

With at least two wins and two new records apiece, Katinka Hosszu and Ryosuke Irie were the top money winners for the Monaco stop in the 2014 Mare Nostrum swim series.

Hosszu took home 2,370€ to lead the women’s money list with three event wins, a new Monaco meet and overall Mare Nostrum record in the 400 IM, and an additional second place finish.  Jeanette Ottesen Gray (1,530€) and Rikke Moller Pedersen (1,410€) rounded out the top three.

On the men’s side, Irie also brought home two golds and two new records, and finished third in the 50m backstroke speed tournament for a total of 1,960€.  Marco Koch of Germany (1,710€) and Japan’s Daiya Seto (1,620€) finished second and third, respectively, on the men’s list.

Overall, there was 50,000€ (or about $68,085 in American dollars) up for grabs at the Monaco stop alone.

Our own Jared Anderson broke the monetary totals down earlier this week in his preview post late last week:

Prize Money

For each event:

  • 1st: 330€ ($449)
  • 2nd: 180€ ($245)
  • 3rd: 90€  ($122)

There are also bonuses available for record-breaking swims:

  • Mare Nostrum Series record: 600€ ($817)
  • Monaco Meet record: 600€ ($817)
  • European Record: 3000€ ($4,085)
  • World Record: 15,000€ ($20,425)

In addition, the top 4 overall finishers on the circuit will win prize money, starting at 7,000€ ($9531) for the top male and female.

An explanation of the prizes awarded can be found here, courtesy of the meet website.

The table below indicates the number of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes, along with any records each swimmer had in standard prelims-finals individual events.  The “50’s” column indicates the additional dollar amount that swimmer came away with in the splash-and-dash showdowns for each stroke.

As a reminder, each 50 event had five rounds of heats, beginning with the whole field, before narrowing down to 16 swimmers for the second round.  The field was then cut in half with each subsequent round based on time until two swimmers had a head-to-head showdown for the top spot.  

The dollar figure payouts for the 50 events (one event in each stroke, per gender) were:

  • 1st: 600€
  • 2nd: 300€
  • 3rd: 100€
  • 4th: 50€


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While I watched the French Open final in tennis today, commentators mentioned a winner is going to claim 1.650,000 €. Not bad for a runner-up either with his/her 825.000 €.

I don’t intend spoiling the moment when there are prize money for swimmers too, but sometimes I can’t help wondering how tennis struck such a lucrative sponsorship and TV deals.


If the world was fair, swimmers would get paid a lot more. The funny thing is that they actually do get paid a lot more……but only in the real world, as their life skills, honed in the pool, transfer really well in business. Who wants to be a tennis pro anyway? The brilliant players outside the top 100 are struggling to make a good living.

As of June 9th, 123 women’s tennis players have earned official prize money of over $100,000 in 2014. So that’s in less than half-a-year. If we call $100,000 “making a good living,” 175 female tennis players have earned $50,000 so far in 2014. http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/Rankings_Stats/All_YTD_Prize_Money.pdf Men’s tennis players tend to make more. The men’s list shows that as of June 8, 210 men have made over $50,000 less than halfway through the year. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Press/Rankings-and-Stats.aspx Hard to draw a good comparison on that depth to swimming because there’s not a really solid list of all prize moneys around the world. Also challenging to factor in how much federation money and endorsements that athletes in different sports get. My impression is that at… Read more »

With outside sponsors and endorsements, i think some swimmers make a lot more than average tennis player.
Every week, Cielo is in an advertisement in the biggest news magazine down here(Brazil).That ad alone, costs almost US350thousand week.Cielo,Lochte,Phelps are probably well off in the money count.

DDias – I don’t think comparing top swimmers to average tennis players is a fair comparison. That would be like comparing Andy Murray to Leonardo de Deus.


whether we like it or not, tennis is a much more interesting spectacle/entertainment to general population than swimming is.
you can even clearly see the detailed stark emotions of tennis players when they are playing tennis match. And Sharapova’s final match was brilliant and full of drama.


can’t wait to see how fast and deep the Canet and Barcelona stops are with the addition of the French National team, as well as half the Russians!


Looks like Cielo will be too…

And tennis can sell much more stuff.. shirts, skirts, all clothing related.. that can be used on much more situations than swimweat

Braden Keith,
i understand your point, but we can not really compare different sports.I can compare Murray with Cadu from Flamengo(soccer team)and you wont know who he is, even when he makes US200thousand/month + ad revenue.Murray is a top one, the other….forget it.

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