The 2015 Swimming world championships in Kazan are over, with the United States once again finishing on top of the medal count, gold and overall, this time thanks to one swimmer, Katie Ledecky. Australia follow with three swimmers (Mitch Larkin, Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm) all taking double golds in their individual events while China and Great Britain follow thanks to dominant weeks from Adam Peaty and Fu Yuanhui.
Japan – 3 Gold, 4 overall
An improvement for the Japanese compared to Barcelona in terms of golds (one last time) but dropping in overall, from six to four. In Kazan, their gold medalists were Daiya Seto in the men’s 400 meters individual medley, Kanako Watanabe in the women’s 200 meters breaststroke and Natsumi Hoshi in the women’s 200 meters butterfly.
Sweden – 3 Gold, 6 overall
After just one gold and one silver in 2013, Sweden were a lot more noticeable in Kazan. Two of the gold medals went to Sarah Sjöström, picking them up in the women’s 50 and 100 meters butterfly. Jennie Johansson won gold in the women’s 50 meters breaststroke.
Hungary – 3 Gold, 9 overall
The Hungarians won three gold medals in Barcelona as well, but only five medals overall. In Kazan, László Cseh won the men’s 200 meters butterfly, and Katinka Hosszú took the double in the women’s 200 and 400 individual medley races.
France – 4 Gold, 6 overall
France equalled their gold number from two years ago but fell by three in the overall. The winners were Florent Manaudou in the men’s 50 meters freestyle and 50 meters butterfly, Camille Lacourt in the men’s 50 meters backstroke and the French men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team (Manaudou, Mehdy Metella, Fabien Gilot and Jérémy Stravius).
Great Britain – 5 Gold, 9 overall
A brilliant meet for the UK after having just one bronze medal in the 2013 championships, hinting how great the improvement has been for them over the last few years. Adam Peaty took two individual gold medals in the men’s 50 and 100 meters breaststroke, James Guy won the men’s 200 meters freestyle and two relay medals came in the men’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay (James Guy, Calum Jarvis, Robert Renwick and Daniel Wallace) and the mixed 4×100 meters medley relay (Adam Peaty, Fran Halsall, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor).
China – 5 Gold, 13 overall
China equalled their gold medal count and rose from nine overall two years ago. Sun Yang picked up two of the gold medals, winning the men’s 400 meters and 800 meters freestyle races. Ning Zetao won the men’s 100 meters freestyle, Fu Yuanhui won the women’s 50 meters backstroke and the women’s 4×100 meters medley relay was also won by China, with the team of Fu Yuanhui, Shi Jinglin, Lu Ying and Shen Duo.
Australia – 7 Gold, 16 overall
After only three gold medals in Barcelona and 13 overall, Kazan was a great success for the Australian team despite the absence of James Magnussen. Mitch Larkin won two gold medals with the 100 and 200 meters men’s backstroke races. Bronte Campbell won two individual gold medals in the women’s 50 and 100 meters freestyle. Emily Seebohm won two individual gold medals in the women’s 100 and 200 meters backstroke, and women’s 4×100 meters freestyle relay team (Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emily Seebohm and Emma McKeon) took gold as well.
United States – 8 Gold, 23 overall
A significant drop for the United States (13 gold, 29 overall in Barcelona), who were buoyed by Katie Ledecky, winning five gold medals, including four in individual races of the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 women’s freestyle. The only other individual medal was won by Ryan Lochte in the men’s 200 meters individual medley. The relays were won in the men’s 4×100 meters medley relay (Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Tom Shields, Kevin Cordes), the women’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay (Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Leah Smith and Katie McLaughlin) and the mixed 4×100 meters freestyle relay (Lochte, Franklin, Simone Manuel, Adrian).
Full Medal Table