Stories from London #2 – 14 May, Day 6
London (LEN) – For the first time in the history of the European Aquatics Championships, LEN is offering prize money for all medallists. In swimming 225,000 euros are up for grabs. Winners of individual events receive €2,000, silver medallists (€1,500 and bronze medallists €1,000. Medal-winning relays will receive €3,500 (gold), €3,000 (silver) and €2,500 (bronze).
Individual diving and synchro events offer the same sums as above. Synchro duets and synchro divers are awarded €2500-2000-1500, while the podium finishers in the synchro team events have been paid €7,000-6,000-5,000 (a thousand more in the free combination).
Top-ranked water polo sides also received prize money in January in Belgrade, just as the top seven male and female performers at the short-course Europeans in Netanya, Israel, last December.
As LEN President Paolo Barelli underlined in his speech at the LEN Congress last weekend, LEN is on the right track in all fields and has never enjoyed such sound financial conditions, so the federation has been able to start a new chapter by offering support for the athletes and the member federations. The entire sum offered by LEN as prize money and travel assistance in 2015 and 2016 amounts to almost 2 million euros.