The 2024 Swimming World Cup series will take place in Southeast Asia, featuring three stops in Shanghai, China from October 18-20, Incheon, South Korea from October 24-26 and Singapore from October 31-November 2. This follows the previous series held in Europe and North America.
The decision to hold a compact three-meet series is likely a response to the increasingly crowded international swimming calendar. The streak of shutouts has decreased since its peak of 12 at the turn of the century. In preparation for the 2024 World Short Course Championships in Budapest, Hungary, the traditional short course meter format will be used for the series.
Incheon, host of the 2014 Asian Games, is a new city to join the World Cup series, while Shanghai and Singapore have hosted events previously. In the 2023 series, Qin Haiyang from China won the men’s event while Kailee McKeown from Australia won women’s honors.
It is worth noting that many of China’s elite swimmers competed at the 2023 World Championships shortly after participating in the Asian Games. This could indicate that all three matches of the series will take place in Southeast Asia in 2024 as China continues to strengthen its position on the global stage of swimming competition.