The Swimming World Cup kicked off on Monday morning in Hanghzou, China.

Luxembourg has sent three of its best swimmers to the competition: Raphaël Stacchiotti, Pit Brandenburger and Julien Henx.

They are currently in very good shape and even broke a number of national records in recent months.

Raphaël Stacchiotti will start the competition on Monday with a 200 metre medley race. The 26-year-old swimmer already delivered a stellar performance at the national championships two weeks ago. His best bet of getting into the semi-finals would be in the 100 metre medley race, where Stacciotti is currently at number 25. The 16 best athletes will qualify for the semi-finals.

Pit Brandenburger is a bit more sceptical when it comes to his performance at the World Cup, since he said that he is not currently in top-shape. Nevertheless, his goals are set high.

All in all, about 950 athletes from 178 different countries will take part in the Swimming World Cup in China. About 8,000 visitors are expected.