Chad Le Clos, Lilly King Among Swimming Stars to Commit to Inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series

Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

With two and a half months to go to the kick-off of the brand new FINA “Champions Swim Series”, many swimming stars have already confirmed their participation in the three-leg competition.

  • April 27-28 in Guangzhou (CHN)
  • May 11-12 in Budapest (HUN)
  • May 31-June 1 in Indianapolis (USA)

After the first set of invitations was sent, several Olympic and world medallists expressed their interest in taking part in the Series, distributing almost US $3 million in prize money, plus over US $800,000 in appearance fees and all travel and accommodation expenses covered. All the Series meets will serve as qualifying events for both the FINA World Championships Gwangju 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Budapest venue; Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA


Indianapolis venue; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Below is a list of swimmers that confirmed their attendance in the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series.

Sprint Free

  • Anthony Ervin, USA, 50 Free
  • Pieter Timmers, BEL, 100 Free

Distance Free

  • Gabriele Detti, ITA, 400m free


  • Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS
  • Vladimir Morozov, RUS
  • Ryan Murphy, USA
  • Xu Jiayu, CHN


  • Joao Gomes Junior, BRA, 50 Breast
  • Felipe Lima, BRA, 50 Breast
  • Dmitry Balandin, KAZ, 200 Breast
  • Anton Chupkov, RUS, 200 Breast


  • Ben Proud, GBR, 50 Fly
  • Nicholas Santos, BRA, 50 Fly
  • Andriy Govorov, UKR, 50 Fly
  • Chad Le Clos, RSA, 100 Fly
  • Laszlo Cseh, HUN, 200 Fly
  • Kristof Milak, HUN, 200 Fly


  • Wang Shun, CHN, 200 IM

Sprint Free

  • Pernille Blume, DEN, 50 Free
  • Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 50 Free
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 50 Free
  • Penny Oleksiak, CAN, 100 Free
  • Cate Campbell, AUS, 100 Free

Mid-Distance Free

  • Federica Pellegrini, ITA, 200 Free
  • Li Bingjie, CHN, 400 Free


  • Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 50 Back
  • Liu Xiang, CHN, 50 Back
  • Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 100/200 Back
  • Emily Seebohm, AUS, 200 Back
  • Kathleen Baker, USA, 200 Back


  • Lilly King, USA, 50/100 Breast
  • Katie Meili, USA, 50/100 Breast
  • Molly Hannis, USA, 50/100 Breast


  • Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 50/100 Fly
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 50/100 Fly
  • Penny Oleksiak, CAN, 100 Fly
  • Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 100 Fly
  • Dana Vollmer, USA, 100 Fly


  • Siobhan O’Connor, GBR, 200 IM
  • Kathleen Baker, USA, 200 IM
  • Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 200 IM
  • Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 200 IM

“FINA is very happy with the level of entries so far for this prestigious new Series. It shows that this additional opportunity to compete is deemed important for our Stars. We are preparing a top-class event, where the superb performances in the pool will be accompanied by a great show for spectators on site and digital users around the world. The ‘Champions Swim Series’ will definitively allow our Aquatic fans to perceive Swimming in a new way”, considered FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione

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