United States Wins 4th-Straight Pan Pacs Medals Table

  15 Braden Keith | August 24th, 2014 | Australia, International, National, News

The 2014 Pan Pac Championships are complete, and with all medals counted, the Americans have come away with 40 total medals, including 14 gold, to once again lead the medals table.

Those 40 medals come out of a maximum 62 winnable medals. While that shows a good density of success, the medal total was down from the last edition of this meet in 2010. There, the Americans won 25 golds, 15 silvers, and 7 bronze medals for 47 total in the pool – including many more golds.

That’s equally as illustrative of the improved depth of Japan, and an Australian team that is heading toward a peak, plus an American team that was heavily reliant on rookies and other relative newcomers.

Of the United States’ 14 medals, 9 came from the women’s team and 5 were won by their men. The overall counts were split pretty evenly, with 21 for the women and 19 for the men.

The United States has topped the medals table at Pan Pacs every year since 1999, when the Australians led by Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Grant Hackett, and Simon Cowley won 13 gold medals to the Americans’ 12.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 14 12 14 40
2  Australia 10 8 8 26
3  Japan 7 8 4 19
4  Brazil 1 2 1 4
5  Canada 1 1 5 7
6  South Korea 1 0 0 1
7  New Zealand 0 2 2 4
8  China 0 1 0 1
Total 34 34 34 102

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I raise my glass to Australia for showing what a little country can do with limited talent (numbers wise). Respectable results for most countries for sure, but they lost their biggest challenge of all, beating their “Little Country Syndrome”, whereas their unfounded inferiority complex affects everyone, & eats at the efforts of the entire Australian team. If they don’t beat the USA, or more importantly, don’t win gold in every race, down deep they consider themselves failures, instead of appreciating each & every individual or team effort for the greatness they were. To Australia it’s the ‘all almighty gold medal count’, & nothing else that’s important. Such a pity. Anything less than gold is taken as a national disgrace in… Read more »

Another thing to notice, that could be taken as a positive or negative for Team USA, was how hit or miss they were. Some of the swimmers like Clary, Ledecky, Runge, and Jaeger, swam either as expected or better than expected. Others like Franklin, Pelton, Bootsma, Lochte, McBroom, etc. did not have a great meet by any means. This is a positive thing when looking at how “on” everyone on the Australian team was swimming, with the exception of Magnussen. Also a positive thing because the Americans know what areas they need to improve on and how to press forward after unexpectedly bad swims.


Lochte , not a great meet ? u must be blind or kidding yourself here . He puts on the 2d best 200 IM in the world this year , pretty decent 200 free relay split , a solid 100 fly ! if that’s not enough for u considering his recovery , that …. i am speechless . He has hold team Usa many times in LC and SC world championships ( 8 medals in Istambul in 2012 ) and is having fun , enjoying racing against Phelps again . I give him a 8/10 score for his races so far .

I had doubts at one point that he would even be healthy enough to compete this summer. So in that sense Lochte has had a very good last few weeks.

No way Newswim it isn’t a 4:1 ratio, the pool of people (no pun intended) is significantly more in the USA… Swimming Australia is still made up of people from our general population and unless you have significantly more people in an older demographic the ratios are similar..(In fact only 12.8% of all people as of August 25, 2014 are over 65, 27.3% of all Americans are under 20) Your argument holds no water.. Whoops there I go again..

The 4 to 1 ratio is based on the respective memberships of Swimming Australia (100,000) versus USA Swimming (400,000 or maybe a bit higher now). That is the “pool” from which they develop talent and from which medals are won.
You can argue, and I would agree, that Swimming Australia has done a much better job on recruiting people to the sport of competitive swimming than USA swimming.


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