In an effort to revive the Swimming World Cup Series, world governing body FINA has announced a hybrid format that will consist of both short-course (25m pool) and long-course (50m) galas.
South African swimming phenom Chad le Clos made history last year, adding the 2017 crown to his 2011, 2013 and 2014 victories to become the first man to bag four Swimming World Cup Series titles.
Le Clos raced to a number of milestones during the eight-leg series including 26 consecutive 100m butterfly victories, while he has gone unbeaten in the 50m butterfly for the last four years.
The first two legs of the 2018 Swimming World Cup will be hosted in long-course pools in Kazan, Russia from September 7 to 9 and Doha, Qatar between September 13 and 15.
All meets will run across three days (including mandatory heats) and swimmers are allowed to swim an unlimited number of individual events. The best three results will count toward the rankings.
The series will provide swimmers with the perfect opportunity to prepare for the FINA World Short-Course Championships which will be held in Hangzhou, China from December 11 to 16.