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220,000 Euros at stake

LEN offers the biggest amount of prize money in its history: while the basic pot will be the same as it was in Netanya 2015 (€220,000), for the first time ever record bonuses are also up for grabs for the swimmers. The individual world record pays €10,000 while the individual European record will come with a €5,000 reward.

The ‘big’ amount is going to be distributed among the top 12 performers both among men and women. The best efforts based on the FINA-points shall determine the final ranks. According to the rules, one swimmer can appear in this list with its best result only, though it might worth recalling that Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu produced the top seven results in Netanya 2015.

To recall the best efforts from the last edition, here is the prize money distribution list from Netanya.

Prize-money distribution (based on the FINA points)


  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 1007 (1500m free, 14:08.06) € 20.000
  2. Marco Koch (GER)            998 (200m breast, 2:00.53) € 18.000
  3. Laszlo Cseh (HUN)           987 (200m fly, 1:49.00)    € 15.000
  4. Gabriele Detti (ITA)        972 (1500m free, 14:18.00) € 12.000
  5. Daniel Gyurta (HUN)         963 (200m breast, 2:01.99) € 10.000
  6. Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)      958 (100m back, 49.64)     € 8.000
  7. Peter Bernek (HUN)          955 (400m free, 3:35.46)   € 7.000
  8. Henrik Christiansen (NOR)   953 (1500m free, 14:23.60) € 6.000
  9. Paul Biedermann (GER)       949 (400m free, 3:35.96)   € 5.000
  10. Andrew Willis (GBR)         945 (200m breast, 2:02.76) € 4.000
  11. Adam Peaty (GBR)            936 (100m breast, 56.84)   € 3.000
  12. Matteo Rivolta (ITA)        934 (100m fly, 49.55)      € 2.000



  1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN)      1004 (400m IM, 4:19.46)      € 20.000
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)       979 (100m free, 51.37 )     € 18.000
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)  977 (100m free, 51.39)      € 15.000
  4. Federica Pellegrini (ITA)  970 (200m free, 1:51.89)    € 12.000
  5. Veronika Popova (RUS)      955 (200m free, 1:52.46)    € 10.000
  6. Siobhan-M. O’Connor (GBR)  954 (100m IM, 57.59)        € 8.000
  7. Jazmin Carlin (GBR)        947 (400m free, 3:58.81)    € 7.000
  8. Femke Heemskerk (NED)      946 (200m free, 1:52.81)    € 6.000
  9. Boglarka Kapas (HUN)       944 (400m free, 3:59.02)    € 5.000
  10. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN)     943 (100m fly, 55.68)       € 3.500
  11. Daria Ustinova (RUS)       943 (200m back, 2:01.57)    € 3.500
  12. Aleksanda Urbanczyk (POL)  933 (50m back, 26.27)       € 2.000

Total: € 220.000


First medals: 15th anniversary for Cseh, 13th for Hosszu


Hungary’s two most outstanding swimmers Laszlo Cseh and Katinka Hosszu have something common besides their nationality: both clinched their first-ever senior international medal at the short-course European Championships, both happened in mid-December and both were a bronze in the 400m IM.

The opening day of the championships in Copenhagen marks the 15th anniversary that the living Hungarian legend Laszlo Cseh first stood on the podium at a major senior meet: it happened in Riesa (GER) on 13th December 2002. He came third in the 400m IM with a modest time of 4:08.96 (four years later he was the first to swim this event inside 4mins). An amazing career has been launched there – in the next one and a half decade Cseh went on collecting 71 medals at Olympics, World and European Championships.

He took part in four Olympic Games (medalled at each, though gold has eluded him so far), he managed to earn podium finishes at eight consecutive editions of the FINA World Championships (a record, no one has ever been even close to that feat) and amassed loads of medals at the Europeans. In the short-course continental showcases he captured 19 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes, the best ever tally any swimmer had in the history of the event.

And… it’s counting as Cseh is back for more, soon after his 32nd birthday (it was on 3 December). He has arrived to Copenhagen as the title-holder in three events, 100m and 200m fly, 200m IM. This time he opts to start in the fly events only but has already set his eyes to earn his 20th short-course European title.

Compatriot Katinka Hosszu began collecting senior medals two years later, on 12th December 2004 in Vienna (AUT). Hosszu’s tally stands at 74, she is the most decorated European swimmer in history. Especially since her reborn in 2013, she was really at her best at every meet. Regarding the short-course Europeans, she produced her top performance two years ago in Netanya (ISR) when she clinched six golds (all three backstroke and IM events) and a silver (400m free) – boosting her s/c European tally to 10-4-2.

In Copenhagen Hosszu entered nine events, the most in the field and looks for a similar march she usually stages in major competitions. This summer at the World Championships in Budapest she delighted the home crowd with four medal-winning swims (2-1-1), more than at any of the previous editions.