The 2021 World Cup season was a breakthrough season for me; setting world junior records and winning the overall series title leaves me hungry for more.

“Having a compact, three-week tour of intense racing in cool cities after this summer’s FINA World Championships is an ideal format for quality racing.

“I know my competition will bring their best – and I will, too.”

FINA said the Swimming World Cup season fits on the calendar between the FINA World Championships in Budapest, which will be held from June 18 to July 3, and the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in December.

All three legs for the series will be qualifiers for the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

That event needs a new host, having been moved from Kazan in Russia over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

More than 750 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete in the World Cup series, which has an overall prize pool of $1.2 million (£970,000/€1.1 million).

FINA said a new bonus structure will provide financial incentives for standout performances as well.