World Cup Money Lists: Top Women Vastly Out-Earning Men After Beijing


  • Friday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 4th
  • Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Water Cube
  • Heats at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local
  • SCM
  • Results


  • September 7-9, Kazan, Russia (50m)
  • September 13-15, Doha, Qatar (50m)
  • September 28-30, Eindhoven, Netherlands (25m)
  • October 4-6, Budapest, Hungary (25m)
  • November 2-4, Beijing, China (25m)
  • November 9-11, Tokyo, Japan (25m)
  • November 15-17, Singapore (25m)

Though Vladimir Morozov leads all earners with $120,400 in prize money so far on the 2018 World Cup, the next four biggest earners come from the women’s side, led by $115,900 winner Sarah Sjostrom.

The top earner in Beijing was Katinka Hosszuwho netted $7,700. No one broke any world records in Beijing, keeping the winning totals relatively low after three world records at the final Cluster 2 stop. Hosszu is threatening six figures ($91,700 currently) and is all-but-guaranteed to crack that barrier if she maintains her standing in this cluster. Yulia Efimova ($71,550), Wang Jianjiahe ($67,000 for competing only in one cluster) and Alia Atkinson ($54,400) are all over $50K for the tour.

The second-ranked man in prize money? American Michael Andrewwho passed up Anton Chupkov this week with a $5400 prize check in Beijing. Andrew has earned $60,750 for the series so far.


Event Prizes

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.

Cluster Bonuses

The 9-meet series is broken into 3 clusters. Each cluster awards bonuses for the top 8 athletes in points over those three meets. An athlete must swim all 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
  • 7th: $4,000
  • 8th: $3,000

Series Bonuses

And the series as a whole will give out bonuses to the top 3 men and women in total series points:

  • 1st: $150,000
  • 2nd: $100,000
  • 3rd: $50,000

2018 World Cup Money List

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