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Prize money in sport - BBC Sport study

  • 28 October 2014
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BBC Sport has carried out a study into prize money in sport. We contacted the governing bodies of 56 sports of which 51 provided information set out in the table below.

The study found 35 sports pay prize money at world level, 25 pay equal prize money, 10 do not. Cycling pays equal prize money in some events but not others. Men and women compete together in horse racing and equestrian. The research was carried out by Jo Gunston and the prize money was converted to £ sterling on 15 October 2014.

Sport (A-Z) Competition/ Event Prize money in £ Sterling (Men) Prize money in £ Sterling (Women) Year equal prize money paid
Alpine skiing World Cup race (WC) £24,000 £24,000
Archery WC - Stage win £1,300 £1,300 2006
WC - Final £13,000 £13,000 2006
Athletics Diamond League (Oslo 2014) £6,300 £6,300
World Championships (WChamps) £38,000 £38,000 1995
Indoor WChamps £25,000 £25,000 1995
IPC WChamps None None
IPC Grand Final £1,800 £1,800
Badminton WChamps None None
World Superseries Finals £50,000 £50,000 2008
Para-badminton WChamps None None
Basketball World Cup/ WChamps None None
Boccia WChamps None None
Bowls Superbowl £6,000 £6,000
W Indoor Champs - Singles £55,000 £55,000 1988
W Indoor Pairs £5,000 £5,000 1988
W Indoor - Mixed Pairs £5,000 £5,000
World Ladies Matchplay N/A £5,000
Boxing AIBA WChamps None None
Canoeing Slalom WC series overall winner £2,700 £2,700
Slalom WChamps None None
Sprint WC series overall winner £4,000 £4,000
Cliff Diving World Series £12,700 £3,100
Climbing WC stage £2,500 £2,500 2007
WChamps £2,500 £2,500 2007
Paraclimbing - WChamps £600 £600
Cricket World Twenty20 £690,000 £44,000
WC £2.5m £47,000
Cross-country skiing WC - Individual event £9,800 £9,800
WC Final £22,000 £22,000
WC Overall £16,600 £16,600
Tour de Ski £59,000 £59,000
IPC WChamps None None
Curling WChamps None None
Cycling BMX - WChamps - Time Trial £530 £530 2013
BMX - WChamps - Final £3,200 £3,200 2013
BMX - Supercross WC - Overall £4,800 £3,200
BMX Supercross WC £4,800 £3,200
Road - WChamps - Individual road race £6,000 £6,000 2013
Road - WChamps - Time Trial £3,000 £3,000 2013
WChamps - Team Time Trial £26,500 £8,500
World Tour - one day races £4,600 £300
Road - World Tour - one stage race £2,400 £220
Road - Tour de France - overall win £360,000 N/A
Road - Tour de France - final stage win / La Course £6,400 £4,800
Road - Tour of Britain / Women's Tour £2,900 £1,200
Para-cycling road - WChamps None None
Track - WChamps £2,500 £2,500 2013
Track - WC £500 £500
Para-cycling track - WChamps None None
Cyclo-cross - WChamps £2,900 £2,900 2013
Cyclo-cross - WC £24,000 £9,500
Trials WChamps £1,300 £1,300 2013
Darts PDC WChamps £250,000 N/A
BDO WChamps £100,000 £12,000
Diving World Series - Individual £18,800 £18,800
World Series stage £3,100 £3,100
WChamps £9,400 £9,400
(High) - WChamps £6,300 £6,300 2013
Equestrian Combined events:
FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final £50,000
FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final £187,000
World Para-Equestrian Games - Team Dressage £510
Extreme Marathon des Sables £4,000 £4,000
Fencing WChamps - Individual in each discipline £18,800 £18,800
WChamps - team in each discipline £6,200 £6,200
Wheelchair Fencing WChamps None None
Figure skating WChamps - Individuals £36,000 £36,000 1995
WChamps - Ice dancing £54,000 £54,000 1995
WChamps- Pairs £54,000 £54,000 1995
Football WC £22m £630,000
Champions League £8.3m £199,000
FA Cup £1.8m £5,000
Premier League/ FA WSL £24m None
Para event - 5-a-side None N/A
7-a-side - Para event - WChamps None N/A
Freestyle skiing Moguls - WC £5,600 £5,600
Aerials - WC £5,600 £5,600
Ski cross - WC £5,600 £5,600
Halfpipe - WC £5,600 £5,600
Slopestyle - WC £5,600 £5,600
Goalball Para event - WChamps None None
Golf The Open £975,000 £298,000
The US Open £1m £452,000
PGA Championship/ PGA Women's Champs £1.1m £212,000
Ryder Cup / Solheim Cup None None
Lalla Meryem Cup*/ Trophée Hassan II 2014 Note 9 £199,000 £54,000
Gymnastics Artistic - WChamps (Individual all-around title) £3,300 £3,300
Rhythmic - WC (Individuals all-around and apparatus) N/A £988
Rhythmic - WC (Groups all-around) N/A £1,600
Trampoline - WC 2014 (Individual/synchro) £988 £988
Handball WChamps £63,000 £63,000
Hockey (field) WC/ WChamps/ Wheelchair Hockey None None
Horse racing Jockey - Grand National £31,818 £31,818
Jockey - Derby £34,004 £34,004
Ice hockey WChamps None None
Ice Sledge Hockey IPC Ice Sledge Hockey WChamps None None
Ironman Marathon WChamps £75,000 £75,000
Lacrosse WChamps None None
Marathon London £35,000 £35,000
London - wheelchair £9,400 £9,400
Dubai £126,000 £126,000 2002
New York £63,000 £63,000 1984
New York (Wheelchair) £9,400 £9,400 2001
Boston £94,000 £94,000 1986
Boston (Wheelchair) £9,400 £9,400 1986
Modern pentathlon WChamps None None
WC - overall winner £3,800 £3,800
Mountain bike WChamps - Cross-country Olympic and Downhill £1,900 1,900 2013
WC - Cross-country Olympic and Downhill (per event) £2,200 £2,200 2013
WC - Cross-country Olympic & Downhill (overall winner) £4,100 £4,100 2013
Netball WC (World Champs equivalent) N/A None
Nordic combined (Skiing) WC £5,300 None
Open water swimming WC £9,400 £9,400
Powerlifting WC None None
IPC Powerlifting None None
Rowing WChamps/ World Series/ Para-Rowing None None
Boat Race None None
Henley Royal Regatta/ Women's Regatta None None
Rugby Sevens WC/ World Series None None
Rugby union WC None None
Wheelchair rugby - WChamps None None
Sailing ISAF Sailing WC Grand Final £6,300 £6,300 2014
Para-sailing -IFDS Disabled Sailing WChamps None None
Shooting WChamps None None
WC Finals £791 £791 1988
IPC Shooting - WChamps None None
Short track speed skating WChamps £3,800 £3,800 1995
WC £3,100 £3,100 1995
Ski jumping WC £6,600 £2,000
Snooker WChamps £300,000 £1,500
Snowboard Halfpipe - WC £7,400 £7,400
Snowboard giant slalom £7,400 £7,400
Snowboard cross - WC £7,400 £7,400
Slopestyle - WC £7,400 £7,400
IPC Para snowboard WC None None
Speed skating All-round Sprint Champs £12,500 £12,500 1995
Grand WC Winner £9,400 £9,400 1995
Squash WChamps £28,600 £12,300
Surfing ASP WChamp Tour £62,700 £37,600
Swimming WC series - stage win £940 £940
WC series - overall winner £63,000 £63,000
WChamps (25m course) £4,400 £4,400
WChamps £9,400 £9,400
IPC WChamps None None
Synchronised Swimming WChamps (Solo and duet) N/A £9,400
WChamps (team) N/A £18,800
Table tennis World Tour Grand Finals (singles) £63,000 £63,000
World Tour Grand Finals (doubles) £25,000 £25,000
WChamps None None
Para Table tennis - WChamps None None
Taekwondo WTF Taekwondo WChamps None None
Taekwondo WC Champs None None
WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1&2 £3,100 £3,100 2014
Tennis Australian Open £1.45m £1.45m 2001
French Open £1.3m £1.3m 2006
Wimbledon £1.76m £1.76m 2007
US Open £1.9m £1.9m 1973
Wheelchair tennis - Australian Open N/A N/A
Wheelchair tennis - French Open £17,500 £17,500
Wheelchair tennis - Wimbledon £12,000 £12,000
Wheelchair tennis - US Open £6,800 £6,800
Triathlon World Triathlon Series Grand Final £18,800 £18,800 2009
World Triathlon Series Mixed team relay £11,000
Paratriathlon - WChamps None None
Volleyball Beach - World Tour £21,000 £21,000 1992
Beach - WChamps £37,600 £37,600
Indoor - WChamps £125,000 N/A
Water Polo WChamps £37,600 £37,600
Weightlifting WChamps None None
Windsurfing (RS:X) ISAF Sailing WC Qingdao £11,300 £11,300
ISAF Sailing WC Grand Final £6,200 £6,200 2014

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