Team USA Wins Team Trophy, Tops Final Medal Counts

The United States has been awarded the overall Team Trophy of the 2015 FINA World Championships, as the country topped the number of gold medals and overall total medals at the conclusion of the meet.  However, with a count of 8 golds, 10 silvers and 5 bronze medals for a total of 23, this is the second worst result for Team USA since 1998.  In Rome 2009, Americans saw just 22 total medals, but the total golds for the Americans sat at 10 at the end of that edition of the meet.

The U.S. also matched its fewest swimmers to win individual Olympic or World Championships titles in the last 50 years — two, Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte. In 1994, Janet Evans and Tom Dolan were the two World champions. (NBC Olympics)

With the help of double backstroke golds by Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm, Australia saw its best finish at a World Championships in years.  In fact, its 16 medals (7 golds) totaled more than the entire haul from 2011 Worlds, 2012 Olympics and 2013 combined.

Several other countries also certainly stepped up at these championships, as was the case with Sweden, who had their highest total medal finish in recent history.  After finishing in 13th place overall in 2009, 11th overall in 2011 and 2013, Sweden was boosted into the 7th position with stellar performances by star Sarah Sjostrom and a surprise 50m breaststroke gold today by Jennie Johansson.  The women’s 400 medley relay from Sweden also snagged silver on the day.

Great Britain surged to a fourth place finish overall in the medal count, powered by Adam Peaty, James Guy and a powerful mixed 400 medley relay with a world record to boot.  Great Britain had finished 16th in 2007, 6th in 2009 and 2011 and 20th in 2015, so the Brits ended 2015’s championships in a prime spot of 4th.

Also, with Joseph Schooling’s bronze medal in the men’s 100m butterfly and Alia Atkinson’s silver in the women’s 50m breaststroke, Singapore and Jamaica, respectively, earned their very first medals ever at a World Aquatics Championships.


Swimming Medal Table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 8 10 5 23
2  Australia 7 3 6 16
3  China 5 1 7 13
4  Great Britain 5 1 3 9
5  France 4 1 1 6
6  Hungary 3 2 4 9
7  Sweden 3 2 1 6
8  Japan 3 1 0 4
9  Italy 1 3 1 5
10  South Africa 1 3 0 4


Total Medal Table


Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 15 10 10 35
2  United States 13 14 6 33
3  Russia 9 4 4 17
4  Australia 7 3 8 18
5  Great Britain 7 1 6 14
6  France 5 1 1 7
7  Italy 3 3 8 14
8  Hungary 3 3 4 10
9  Japan 3 1 4 8
10  Sweden 3 2 1 6

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Has America ever not won the team swimming trophy??
In 10th place a team with only 5 swimmers


In Fukuoka 2001, Australia topped the gold medal count. But USA was 26-23 vs Australia on overall medals. I don’t know which one counts for the team trophy though.


Crazy to think Phelps was at those champs
And he could’ve been in Russia
The dudes longevity in the sport in incredible


Speaking about longevity, Grant Hackett won gold in 1998 Perth and won bronze in 2015 Kazan.

Jim C

East Germany had more swimming gold medals and total medals in 1986. China took the top spot in 1994 with more gold medals, as did Australia in 2001


Where did GBR come from?

In Barcelona they got one bronze.


Alot of money is put in for olympic athletes
It mainly come from the national lottery
It shows such an investment pays off

Philip Johnson

Have you not been following swimming? This is not a surprise at all. Go look at the 2014 European Swimming Championships for proof.

Philip Johnson

Instead of beating the dead horse on how “bad” USA was with swimming, I was most disappointed in Russia. I was expecting big things from them being the host nation and all. I was especially expecting big things from Vlad. But I was let down. One gold medal in swimming is pretty lackluster.

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