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
Total Medal Table