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by Daniela Kapser 0

June 10th, 2016 Europe, International, News

2016 Mare Nostrum Tour – Barcelona

Barcelona Prize Money

The Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour is the third and final competition and gives out prize money for top 3 finishes in individual events. There are also extra bonuses for world, European and Mare Nostrum records, plus the top 20 swims in overall FINA points for the meet.

Individual Events:

  • 1st: €330
  • 2nd: €180
  • 3rd: €90


  • World Record: A car (Estimated at €20,000)
  • European Record: €2500
  • Mare Nostrum Tour Record: €600

Top 20 FINA Points:

  • 1st: €4000
  • 2nd: €2500
  • 3rd: €1500
  • 4th: €1000
  • 5th: €750
  • 6th-10th: €600
  • 11th-15th: €500
  • 16th-20th: €400


The tour will give out bonuses to the top 4 men and women overall. The finish order is determined by adding up each swimmer’s best swim in FINA points at each of the tour’s three stops. The swimmer whose 3 races combine to the highest total win the tour.

Series Prize Bonuses:

  • 1st: €7000
  • 2nd: €2000
  • 3rd: €1000
  • 4th: €500

These bonuses are laid out on the Mare Nostrum website here.


German Rio qualifiers

A little bit under the radar, 8 German swimmers have reached the final German olympic standard during the first two stops of the Mare Nostrum series: The first swimmer who qualified was Jan-Philip Glania in Monaco in the 100 m and 200 m backstroke. A  reminder of German olympic qualification procedure: The 2016 German National Championships were the first part of a two-step nomination procedure for the Olympic Games. The athletes had to swim defined times at National Championships in prelims and in finals. All swimmers who achieved the times are  part of the so-called “long list” and informed German Head Coach Henning Lambertz in the period of one week after German Nationals in which meet they want to confirm the required performance of the nomination process: at one of the three meets of the Mare Nostrum tour or the German Open. They can only choose ONE of these four possibilities. For this meet, other times are set which are approximately 1,5 % slower than those at German nationals. All swimmers who reach the times and have also finished first or second at the German National Championships will qualify for Rio.

The first German women who made it into the final Rio squad was Dorothea Brandt in the 50 m free – also in Monaco. And 16-year old Johannes Hintze won the 400 m IM in Monaco in 4:16,21 and is supposed to be the youngest German swimmer at the Rio Olympics. Here are the German swimmers who reached the second nomination standard in Canet: Franziska Hentke, 200 butterfly; Alexandra Wenk, 100 m butterfly; Jacob Heidtmann, 400 m IM; Florian Wellbrock, 1500 m freestyle; Florian Vogel, 400 m freestyle. Futhermore Paul Biedermann and Marco Koch are qualified because they won medals at the 2015 World Championships and finished first at the German Nationals in May. These German swimmers will start in Barcelona: Leonie Antonia Beck, Dorothea Brandt, Annika Bruhn, Steffen Deibler, Christian Diener, Hendrik Feldwehr, Christoph Fildebrandt, Jan-Philip Glania , Lisa Graf, Jacob Heidtmann, Marco Koch, Yannick Lebherz, Antonia Massone, Jenny Mensing, Paulina Schmiedel, Florian Vogel, Christian vom Lehn, Alexandra Wenk, Damian Wierling, Poul Zellmann.


Women’s 400 IM: Hosszu, Miley, Willmott

They finished 1-2-4 (Katinka Hosszu, Hannah Miley, Aimee Willmott) at the 2016 European Championships three weeks ago and they rank 1-2-5 (Katinka Hosszu, Hannah Miley, Aimee Willmott) in the world ranking  – in this race the two british swimmers will again challenge IM queen Katinka Hosszu who clocked a time of 4:34,14 in Monaco and 4:36,00 in Canet.

Men’s 100 m breastroke: Six 2015 World Championships finalists

In this race, World Champion Adam Peaty will race against five swimmers who made it into the 2015 World Championships final: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) who won the silver and Ross Murdoch (GBR) who finished third in Kazan. Also Giedrius Titenis (LTU), Kirill Prigoda (RUS) and German Hendrik Feldwehr complete the impressive line-up in the 100 m breaststroke – not to forget Marco Koch, the 200 m breaststroke World Champion and 100 m breaststroke SC European Champion.

Women’s 50 m freestyle: Sjöström versus Halsall

With Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom the third fastest women in this event in 2016 so far now joins the competition – her season best is a 24,17, followed by Fran Halsall (GBR) in the world ranking with a time of 24,21 – Halsall and Denmarks freestyle lady Pernille Blume (DEN) also participate in Barcelona. Sjöström and Halsall participiated in the 2012 Olympic Games but couldn’t win a medal.

Men’s 50 m freestyle: Govorov, Proud, Wierling, Duarte

Four of the 10 fastest swimmers in 2016 will race in the sprint event: Andriy Govorov (UKR) set the third fastest time in the world at the Mare Nostrum stop in Monaco in 21,62, followed by Benjamin Proud (GBR) in the world ranking in 21,65. 20-year old German Damian Wierling set a new German record in the 50 m freestyle in 21,81 at the 2016 German National Championships, he is Germany’s most promising freestyle swimmer in the 50 m and 100 m. Italo Duarte (BRA) showed mixed performances during the Mare Nostrum tour – but he sits 9th in the world ranking with a time of 21,82.













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