Sjostrom Hits $65K, Chupkov $55K In Winnings After World Cup Cluster 1


  • Thursday, September 13th – Saturday, September 15th
  • Hamad Aquatic Centre (HAC), Aspire Zone, Doha, Qatar
  • Heats at 10am local/Finals at 6pm local
  • LCM
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  • Results


  • September 7-9, Kazan, Russia (50m)
  • September 13-15, Doha, Qatar (50m)
  • September 28-30, Eindhoven, Netherlands (25m)
  • October 4-6, Budapest, Hungary (25m)
  • November 2-4, Beijing, China (25m)
  • November 9-11, Tokyo, Japan (25m)
  • November 15-17, Singapore (25m)

With no world record bonuses yet doled out, Sarah Sjostrom has still earned $65,000 in prize money over the first two stops of the 2018 FINA World Cup. She leads all athletes, with $59,750-winner Katinka Hosszu running second.

Hosszu has actually won more per-race prize money, especially with her focus on the Hungarian relays. But Sjostrom won the first cluster points for a $50,000 bonus, while Hosszu was second and only won $35,000.

On the men’s side, Anton Chupkov has won $55,000, most of that from his $50,000 cluster bonus. Michael Andrew has netted $48,000 and Vladimir Morozov just under $41,000.


Event Prizes

Prize money is given to the top 6 in each individual event:

  • Gold: $1500
  • Silver: $1000
  • Bronze: $500
  • 4th: $400
  • 5th: $300
  • 6th: $200

Prize money is also given to the top 3 mixed relay teams (though no series points are earned).

  • Gold: $3000
  • Silver: $2000
  • Bronze: $1000

In our money lists, we’ve given each relay member one quarter of that money, which amounts to $750 for a win, $500 for second and $250 for third.

World Record Bonuses

Each world record is worth a $10,000 bonus.

Cluster Bonuses

The 9-meet series is broken into 3 clusters of 2 or 3 meets each. Each cluster awards bonuses for the top8 athletes in points over those three meets. An athlete must swim all the meets in the cluster to earn a cluster bonus:

  • 1st: $50,000
  • 2nd: $35,000
  • 3rd: $30,000
  • 4th: $20,000
  • 5th: $10,000
  • 6th: $5,000
  • 7th: $4,000
  • 8th: $3,000

Series Bonuses

And the series as a whole will give out bonuses to the top 3 men and women in total series points:

  • 1st: $150,000
  • 2nd: $100,000
  • 3rd: $50,000

2018 World Cup Money List

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Glad MA is making some bucks instead of wasting his time swimming for some college team for free


Yep. Missy should’ve turned pro honestly after London. I feel like she’d have been way better off now.

Philip Johnson

Yup, this one trip can pay for a college education if he ever decided to go.


The tax on the prize money must be pretty crazy though…


Does this Net amount take into account travel/accomodations/etc? gotta figure plane and hotel to Kazan and Doha were around 10k each


Pretty sure Michael Andrew mentioned in one of his vlogs that that was paid for by the tour.


“The 9-meet series is broken into 3 clusters of 3 meets each.”
It looks like World Cup consists of 7 meets only this year. Why? Is this how organizers are trying to save on prize money?
2stops x (32 events x $3900 + 2relays x $6000) = $273,600


They are giving away 2.5 million USD total they said


7stops x $136,800 = $957.600 – prizes for success in actual racing
3clusters x $150,000 = $450,000 – cluster bonuses.
Winner – $150,000
Total: ~ $1.6 million USD
What am I missing? Who gets another 1million USD? FINA’s executives?


My dear downvoters, I’m sorry that you cannot digest it. But it isn’t AP Calculus. It isn’t even junior high level. That’s what happening when athletes become pro not even completing elementary school.


Short course has 100 IMs, all meets have World Cup record prize money and world record money


I’m not sure you are right about World Cup record. No money for that – just thank you.
Each event has $3,900 prize. 100IM will be swum 10 times. That will total in extra $39,000 prize money. Maybe we will see some SCM world records. But you will need to have 90 of them to make this 2.5 million USD of prize money.
It is either 2.5 million is incorrect number or not only swimming results get awarded.


Event prizes: 7 meets á $136 800 (32 individual events á $3 900, 2 mixed relays á $6 000) + $39 000 (100 im at 5 meets) = $996 600
Cluster bonuses: 3 clusters á $157 000 for each gender (50k, 35k, 30k, 20k, 10k, 5k, 4k, 3k) = $942 000
Series bonuses: $300 000 for each gender (150k, 100k, 50k) = $600 000

Total prize money: $2 538 600 ($996 600 + $942 000 + $600 000)




Your math needs help!


There are bonuses available for records

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