2022 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final medal table
The United States won eight medals on the final day of the World Championships to finish with 45 in total this week – the most ever, despite missing the podium in 10 events. The previous record for most Worlds medals was 38 in 2017, also by the United States
The United States has won the most medals at all but two world championships – Madrid 1986 and Guayaquil 1982, where East Germany dominated.
“We crushed it all week,” said Regan Smith, who led the U.S. gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 medley relay on Saturday and also won the individual 100m earlier this week. “We had such good energy. This team is really special. It’s like no other team I’ve been on. »
The Americans broke their own record in Saturday’s first final, the men’s 50 backstroke, where justin ress won gold (after a canceled DQ) and Hunter Armstrong took money. They also put a pair on the podium on Saturday in the 400 IM, where Katie Grimes and Emma Weyant finished behind the 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh.
Katie Ledecky won gold medals in all four of her events to lead the U.S. overall standings while Caeleb Dressel won a pair before retiring for unspecified medical reasons.
Thanks in part to McIntosh’s three medals, Canada finished with its most medal count (11), three more than in 2019. Italy also won its most medal count at Worlds with nine, compared to eight in 2019.
France had the biggest jump in the medal standings, winning two golds and eight medals overall this week – their highest level since 2013 – after winning just two bronze medals in 2019. a 20-year-old Frenchman Leon Marchand helped them to 5th overall this year from 19th at the last Worlds.
17 year old Romanian David Popovici swept the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle to give his native country the most gold medals in its history. Poland’s two medals were its record since 2015.
Some countries may have taken advantage of the absence of Russian and Belarusian athletes from this year’s World Championships. Russia won 16 medals at the last world championships, the third among the competing countries. Other countries have had disappointing results despite FINA banning Russians.
South Africa won fewer than two medals for the first time since 2001. China won just five medals, its lowest number since 2007.