FINA World Swimming Championships 2012: Full Results and Recap

David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 16, 2012

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 14:  Daiya Seto of Japan, Ryan Lochte of USA and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary pose with their medals on the podium after the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Ryan Lochte and the United States rode their momentum from the 2012 London Summer Olympics to success at the FINA World Swimming Championships.

Michael Phelps didn't join his teammates in the pool, but the U.S. dominated regardless. The Americans have now finished first in the FINA World Championships medal count by an overwhelming margin of victory in back-to-back competitions.

Back in 2006, Australia actually topped the United States and it almost knocked the U.S. off in 2008 as well. But since then, it's been no contest.

Standout performers for the Americans included Lochte, Matt Grevers, Tom Shields, Allison Schmitt and Megan Romano. 

Here's the medal count, results and recap of all the swimming action.


Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 8 5 7 20
2 Hungary 3 2 3 8
3 China 2 4 3 9
4 Germany 2 1 1 4
5 Lithuania 2 1 0 3
6 Australia 1 3 2 6
7 Denmark 1 2 4 7
8 Russia 1 2 2 5
9 Great Britain 1 1 2 4
10 Italy 1 1 0 2
10 Japan 1 1 0 2
10 South Africa 1 1 0 2

Full medal count can also be found at

Men's Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Freestyle Vladimir Morozov (Russia) Florent Manaudou (France) Anthony Ervin (United States)
100m Freestyle Vladimir Morozov (Russia) Tommaso D'Orsogna (Australia) Yevgeny Lagunov (Russia)
200m Freestyle Ryan Lochte (United States) Paul Biedermann (Germany) Conor Dwyer (United States)
400m Freestyle Paul Biedermann (Germany)
Hao Yun (China) Mads Glaesner (Denmark)
1500m Freestyle Mads Glaesner (Denmark)
Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy)  Pal Joensen (Faroe Islands) 
50m Backstroke Robert Hurley (Australia) Matt Grevers (United States) Stanislav Donets (Russia)
100m Backstroke Matt Grevers (United States) Stanislav Donets (Russia)
Guilherme Guido (Brazil)
200m Backstroke Radoslaw Kawecki (Poland) Ryan Lochte (United States)
Ryan Murphy (United States)
50m Breaststroke Aleksander Hetland (Norway) Damir Dugonjic (Slovenia) Florent Manaudou (France)
100m Breaststroke Fabio Scozzoli (Italy) Damir Dugonjic (Slovenia) Kevin Cordes (United States)
200m Breaststroke Daniel Gyurta (Hungary) Michael Jamieson (Great Britain) Viatcheslav Sinkevich (Russia)
50m Butterfly Nicholas Santos (Brazil) Chad le Clos (South Africa) Tom Shields (United States)
100 Butterfly Chad le Clos (South Africa) Tom Shields (United States)

Ryan Lochte (United States)

200m Butterfly Kazuya Kaneda (Japan) Laszlo Cseh (Hungary)  Nikolay Skvortsov (Russia) 
100m Individual Medley Ryan Lochte (United States) Kenneth To (Australia) George Bovell (Trinidad and Tobago)
200m Individual Medley Ryan Lochte (United States) Daiya Seto (Japan)
Laszlo Cseh (Hungary)
400m Individual Medley Daiya Seto (Japan) Laszlo Cseh (Hungary) David Verraszto (Hungary)
4x100m Freestyle Relay United States Italy Australia
4x300m Freestyle Relay United States Australia Germany
4x100m Medley Relay United States Russia  Australia 

Full results can also be found at


Best Male Performer: Ryan Lochte

Lochte has gotten quite comfortable at the FINA World Championships.

In 2008, he left the games with four gold medals and in 2010, he took home six. This year, he’ll return with six golds around his neck and eight medals total.

Apparently Lochte is getting so used to winning medals, that he’s giving them away now.

Ryan Lochte gives his medal away into a scrum of kids, keeps hold of his shoes though #Istanbul2012 #scworlds

— Speed Endurance (@speed_endurance) December 16, 2012

Lochte’s greatest moments at the games came when he set the world record in the 100-meter and 200-meter individual medley with a time of 50.71 seconds and 1:49.63. In the 200 IM, no one had ever swum the distance under 1:50 prior to his performance.


Women's Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Freestyle Aleksandra Gerasimenya (Belarus) Francesca (Great Britain) Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark)
100m Freestyle Britta Steffen (Germany) Megan Romano (United States) Yang Yi (China)
200m Freestyle Allison Schmitt (United States) Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)  Melanie Costa (Spain) 
400m Freestyle Melanie Costa (Spain) Chloe Sutton (United States) Lauren Boyle (New Zealand)
800m Freestyle Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) Lotte Friis (Denmark) Chloe Sutton (United States)
50m Backstroke Zhao Jing (China) Olivia Smoliga (United States) Aleksandra Urbanczyk (Poland)
100m Backstroke Olivia Smoliga (United States) Mie Nielsen (Denmark) Simona Baumrtova (Czech Republic)
200m Backstroke Daryna Zevina (Ukraine) Bonnie Brandon (United States) Duane Da Rocha (Spain)
50m Breaststroke Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) Sarah Katsoulis (Australia)
100m Breaststroke Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) Alia Atkinson (Jamaica)

Rikke Moller Pedersen (Denmark)

200m Breaststroke Rikke Moller Pedersen (Denmark) Laura Sogar (United States) Kanako Watanabe (Japan)
50m Butterfly Lu Ying (China) Jiao Liuyang (China) Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark)
100 Butterfly Ilaria Bianchi (Italy) Liu Zige (China) Jemma Lowe (Great Britain)
200m Butterfly Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) Jiao Liuyang (China) Jemma Lowe (Great Britain)
100m Individual Medley Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) Zhao Jing (China)
200m Individual Medley Ye Shiwen (China) Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) Hannah Miley (Great Britain)
400m Individual Medley Hannah Miley (Great Britain) Ye Shiwen (China) Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
4x100m Freestyle Relay United States Australia Denmark
4x200m Freestyle Relay United States Russia China
4x100m Medley Relay  Denmark Australia United States

Full results can also be found at

Best Female Performer: Katinka Hosszu

Unlike Lochte, Hosszu didn’t have sky-high expectations in Istanbul stemming from Olympic success, but that didn’t stop her from earning a collection of medals for Hungary.

She won gold in the 200-meter butterfly finishing with a time of 2:02.20, gold in the 100-meter individual medley with a time of 58.49 seconds, silver in the 200-meter freestyle with a 1:54.31, silver in the 200 IM with a 2:04.72 and bronze in the 400 IM with a 4:25.95.

Hosszu is only 23 years old. She’s a fairly new face to the swimming world, but it won’t be long before her name is well-recognized.

Her performance single-handedly pushed Hungary into the medal count top 10. And combined with the success of her teammates, the nation finished second only behind the U.S.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.