2017 FINA WORLD CUP MOSCOW
- Wednesday, August 2nd & Thursday, August 3rd
- JSC Olympisky Sports Complex, Moscow
- World Cup Preview
- Meet Site
- Live Stream (country-limited)
- Day 1 Prelims Recap
- Start Lists/Results
Just one stop into the 2017 World Cup series, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom has already earned $25,500 based on three wins and two world records.
Sjostrom set world marks in the 50 free (23.10) and 100 free (50.77), short course meters. Each world record is worth $10,000. The real earnings test for Sjostrom going forward will be whether she set those two records low enough to clear them again. Each world record swim earns $10,000, so lowering a world record incrementally over several swims can be a pretty major cash cow.
Behind Sjostrom in the money lists are defending series champions Katinka Hosszu ($5,500) and Vladimir Morozov ($5,200).
The new FINA World Cup rules have taken plenty of heat from fans and swimmers alike, but to their credit, they are spreading prize money to a wider range of athletes, with almost twice as many athletes making money at the tour’s first stop this year compared to last year. And so far, at least, it’s hard to get a clear picture of the impact to top earners, with world records still by far the most important factor for the top-earning athletes.
Sjostrom has earned far more in Moscow this year than Hosszu did in Paris-Chartes last year under the old system, though Sjostrom had two world records that Hosszu didn’t. On the men’s side, Morozov would be very much in line with his 2016 earnings, had he broken a world record this year, as he did in last year’s tour opener.
As for total money-earners, with just one meet down and eight to go in 2017, we already have almost half as many money-earners total as we did in the entire 9-meet series last year. That’s mostly due to FINA’s expansion of prize money down to 6th place in individual races (though there are less events per meet in which to earn prize money).
Here’s a look at the hard numbers:
|# of Money-Winners||20||41|
|# of Money-Winners||27||46|
PRIZE MONEY SYSTEM
The prize money system has changed in 2017 – full series changes laid out in detail here.
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.
The 9-meet series is broken into 3 clusters of 3 meets each. Each cluster awards bonuses for the top 6 athletes in points over those three meets. An athlete must swim all 3 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
And the series as a whole will give out bonuses to the top 3 men and women in total series points:
- 1st: $100,000
- 2nd: $50,000
- 3rd: $30,000
WORLD CUP MONEY LISTS
|2||Chad le Clos||$4,500|
|13||Cameron van der Burgh||$1,500|
|12||Rikke Moller Pedersen||$1,700|
|14||Maalke De Waard||$1,400|
|30||Chan Kin Lok||$400|