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The British Swimming Masters Decathlon Competition

The British Swimming Masters Decathlon is an annual competition which rewards swimmers aged 18 years and over who try their hand at competing in races across a range of strokes and distances.

The British Swimming Masters Decathlon competition has two main aims: one is to encourage greater participation across the different swimming events, and the other is to encourage competition across the different Masters age groups.

It works by awarding points to the competitors who swim in 10 different swims (from recognised 17 long course or 18 short course events) throughout the year at qualifying Masters meets (i.e. meets whose results are recorded in the Masters Rankings).

Points are awarded for each swim using the FINA points scoring tables and these points are then age-adjusted. At the end of the year awards are given to the top three overall male and female swimmers with the highest total points scores. These are £100 for 1st place, £50 for 2nd place, £25 for 3rd place. The top male and top female clubs receive £400, and the top 10 male and female swimmers all receive a swim hat.

There are no entry forms to complete or entry fees to pay. Swims recorded in the Masters Rankings are automatically entered into the competition. Because of this the Decathlon also stimulates greater interest in, and development of, Masters competitions and enhances the current ranking system.

For further information please read our FAQs below, click the link to the annual results to download a full guide, or contact David Chaney.

How do I enter the decathlon?

Entry is automatic if meet organisers submit the results of their meet for inclusion in the Masters rankings. Results should be in a suitable electronic format and include the full details of each swimmer to be able to identify the swimmers.

Do I have to swim all strokes?

To be competitive, you should compete in all the different stroke events, as well and the distance freestyle and individual medley events. 

Do I have to compete in 10 different events?

Only 10 different events will count towards a total score, if you swim an event twice only the best performance will be put forward to the Decathlon competition. Again to be competitive try to swim as many different events as possible. 

When does the competition run ?

1st January to 31st December inclusive. 

I swam at a competition so why doesn’t my time appear?

You must be correctly registered as a competitive swimmer with either the ASA, SASA or WASA. Please contact your registrations department to confirm your membership.
Only results from Masters competitions will be eligible for the Decathlon Competition. 

How is the scoring system worked out?

Each swim is awarded points as per the FINA points scoring tables. The time is age adjusted using the Finnish formulae. Both Long Course and Short Course swims are included with swims in each course scored using the relevant table.

Previous results

  • Click here to go to our Decathlon results section.
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