All Time Top Medalists at a Single Swimming World Championship – Women (Kazan 2015 Update)

Was I the only one that couldn’t eat and sleep, eagerly waiting for the second part to come out? Well, probably yes. I was just so anxious to see how Kazan 2015 affected the women’s all-time single most successful Championships ever lists! But now the wait is over, let us dive into the wonderful world of medals rankings…

Most gold medals in a single Championships – Women

Most Gold Medals in a Single Championships (3+)

Rank Swimmer

# of Gold Medals

1

Missy Franklin (2013)

6

2

Tracy Caulkins (1978)

5

2

Lisbeth Trickett (2007)

5

2

Katie Ledecky (2015)

5

5

Kornelia Ender (1973)

4

5

Kornelia Ender (1975)

4

5

Heike Friedrich (1986)

4

5

Kristin Otto (1986)

4

5

Jingyi Le (1994)

4

5

Jenny Thompson (1998)

4

5

Katie Ledecky (2013)

4

12

Renate Vogel (1973)

3

12

Hannelore Anke (1975)

3

12

Cynthia Woodhead (1978)

3

12

Linda Jezek (1978)

3

12

Birgit Meineke (1982)

3

12

Kristin Otto (1982)

3

12

Nicole Haislett (1991)

3

12

Cihong He (1994)

3

12

Limin Liu (1994)

3

12

Lu Bin (1994)

3

12

Amy Van Dyken (1998)

3

12

Inge De Bruijn (2001)

3

12

Petria Thomas (2001)

3

12

Hannah Stockbauer (2003)

3

12

Xuejuan Luo  (2003)

3

12

Jodie Henry (2005)

3

12

Katie Hoff (2005)

3

12

Leisel Jones (2005)

3

12

Lisbeth Trickett (2005)

3

12

Katie Hoff (2007)

3

12

Leisel Jones (2007)

3

12

Missy Franklin (2011)

3

12

Rebecca Soni (2011)

3

12

Shannon Vreeland (2013)

3

12

Bronte Campbell (2015)

3

12

Emily Seebohm (2015)

3

Now, the women’s most successful swimmers in Kazan 2015 were more successful than their male counterparts. The most gold medals won by a female swimmer was 5, by the incomparable Katie Ledecky, while Australian swimmers Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm both won 3. Incidentally, 3 gold medals are what needed to be included in our exclusive all-time table, and so Bronte and Emily both make the list – they had the 12th most successful Championships in terms of gold medals.

Katie, however, made it big time. Her 5 gold medals is a haul which was bettered only once -by Missy Franklin two years ago and which was achieved only twice before – by Tracy Caulkins in 1978 and by the great Lisbeth Trickett in 2005. And hey, notice this – in Kazan Katie won the second highest amount evar of gold medals among female swimmers, after already having the joint-5th highest amount from Barcelona. This is awesome. Together with Kornelia Ender they are now the only swimmers to be featured twice in the top 11. Can she try and better her result in Budapest 2017? Dunno…

Most medals in a single Championships – Women

Most Medals in a Single Championships (4+)

Rank

Swimmer

# of Total Medals (G,S,B)

1

Missy Franklin (2013)

6 (6,0,0)

2

Tracy Caulkins (1978)

6 (5,1,0)

3

Kristin Otto (1986)

6 (4,2,0)

4

Shirley Babashoff (1975)

6 (2,3,1)

5

Mary T. Meagher (1986)

6 (1,3,2)

6

Lisbeth Trickett (2007)

5 (5,0,0)

6

Katie Ledecky (2015)

5 (5,0,0)

8

Kornelia Ender (1973)

5 (4,1,0)

8

Kornelia Ender (1975)

5 (4,1,0)

8

Jenny Thompson (1998)

5 (4,1,0)

11

Cynthia Woodhead (1978)

5 (3,2,0)

11

Lisbeth Trickett (2005)

5 (3,2,0)

13

Missy Franklin (2011)

5 (3,1,1)

14

Jenny Thompson (2003)

5 (2,2,1)

14

Laure Manaudou (2007)

5 (2,2,1)

14

Natalie Coughlin (2007)

5 (2,2,1)

14

Sarah Sjostrom (2015)

5 (2,2,1)

18

Missy Franklin (2015)

5 (2,1,2)

19

Betsy Mitchell (1986)

5 (1,4,0)

20

Natalie Coughlin (2005)

5 (1,2,2)

21

Alicia Coutts (2013)

5 (0,5,0)

22

Heike Friedrich (1986)

4 (4,0,0)

22

Jingyi Le  (1994)

4 (4,0,0)

22

Katie Ledecky (2013)

4 (4,0,0)

25

Birgit Meineke (1982)

4 (3,1,0)

25

Leisel Jones (2007)

4 (3,1,0)

27

Rebecca Soni (2011)

4 (3,0,1)

27

Bronte Campbell (2015)

4 (3,0,1)

27

Emily Seebohm (2015)

4 (3,0,1)

30

Ute Geweninger (1982)

4 (2,2,0)

30

Kirsty Coventry (2005)

4 (2,2,0)

32

Hannah Stockbauer (2001)

4 (2,1,1)

32

Natalie Coughlin (2001)

4 (2,1,1)

32

Britta Steffen (2009)

4 (2,1,1)

32

Yuliya Yefimova (2013)

4 (2,1,1)

36

Xuejuan Luo  (2001)

4 (2,0,2)

37

Barbara Krause (1978)

4 (1,3,0)

37

Cate Campbell (2013)

4 (1,3,0)

39

Hayley Lewis (1991)

4 (1,2,1)

40

Katherine Heddy (1975)

4 (1,1,2)

40

Franziska Van Almsick (1994)

4 (1,1,2)

40

Susan O’Neill (1998)

4 (1,1,2)

43

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2013)

4 (1,0,3)

44

Shirley Babashoff (1973)

4 (0,4,0)

45

Alice Mills (2003)

4 (0,3,1)

46

Petria Thomas (1998)

4 (0,2,2)

46

Antje Buschschulte (2005)

4 (0,2,2)

48

Conny Van Bentum (1986)

4 (0,0,4)

Now, to get to this all-time list one needs to win at least 4 medals at a single World Championships. Among the Kazan 2015 female swimmers, 5 girls were up to the task. Katie Ledecky, Sarah Sjostrom and Missy Franklin all returned home with a haul of 5 medals, and Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm each won 4. This list follows the same rules of the men’s table, meaning that the internal medals distribution is not unimportant. Jesus Michael, what a fancy way to say that it’s important. I’m unfollowing your blog. Anyway, interestingly enough, Bronte and Emily had exactly the same haul – 3 gold medals and one bronze one. Therefore, they both occupy the same place in the rankings – the 27th best Championships ever in terms of total medals, together with Rebecca Soni, one of the loveliest swimmers ever (it’s a Peaty she doesn’t compete anymore. Boy, isn’t it great that we were treated to this great breaststroker in Kazan? I got a whole new supply of horrible puns!).

And what about our 5-time medalists? Katie, Missy and Sarah had done what only 18 other swimmers done in the past. Which is to win 5 medals, yes? Missy’s haul was the “worst” – 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze, and you can find her lying in 18th place. This was her worst World Championships ever, ranked even lower than her 2011 debut campaign (13th place). Sjostrom’s haul was a little better – 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze, and she shares the 14th place with several other respectable names – Jenny Thompson, Laure Manaudou and Natalie Coughlin. Katie, on the other hand, blew up the rankings. Her 2015 campaign, 5 golds, repeated Lisbeth Trickett’s 2007 campaign as the best 5-medals-haul in the Championships history, and they now share the number 6 spot, with only 5 previous instances of a swimmer having a better Championship, with the best one coming from Missy Franklin just two years ago, when she won 6 gold medals.

No female swimmer is displaying a dominance even remotely similar to the one Michael Phelps has in the men’s all-time tables. Only one swimmer – Kornelia Ender, is featured twice in the top 10, while Missy Franklin is featured three times in the top 18. However, it’s easy to forget that Franklin is still only 20 years old and that every time she competed in the World Championships – she had a top 18 haul. She might as well have several more great Championships. And Katie Ledecky is only 18 and only experienced two World Championships. We can be certain that her future exploits will also be featured in this all-time list, especially if she decides to add another event to her resume (which one might it be?). So perhaps in a decade or so we will see some Phelps-esque dominance from those two…

First we take Kazan, then we take the all-time list!

First we take Kazan, then we take the all-time list!

So, this concludes our summaries of thesongle most succesful World Championships evar. Next stop – the all-time rankings and how THEY changed. Stay tuned!

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