BEIJING – Three Canadians will be in action as the third cluster of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 series begins Friday.

Beijing will welcome the international swimming elite for two days of short-course racing Friday and Saturday. Ryan Cochrane, Hilary Caldwell and Alec Page of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria will be competing in the Chinese capital.

Two-time Olympic medallist Cochrane won three gold medals at this summer’s major competitions – two at Commonwealth Games (men’s 400-m and 1,500-m freestyle) and another at Pan Pacific Championships (800-m freestyle). Caldwell also reached the podium at Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the women’s 200-m backstroke.

Four other Canadians will join them for the final two legs of the World Cup in Tokyo Tuesday and Wednesday and Singapore Nov. 1 and 2. Luke Peddie, Coleman Allen and Yuri Kisil of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver will round out the Canadian contingent along with Russell Wood of the University of Calgary Swim Club.

A total $300,000 US is on offer for this cluster and will be distributed to the six highest-ranked swimmers among men and women.

Overall prizes of $100,000 are also on the line for men and women, with second place receiving $50,000 and third $30,000. Among men, Olympic champion Chad Le Clos of South Africa leads the overall rankings with 282 points, followed by American Tom Shields (225 points) and Hungarian Daniel Gyurta (200 points). Two-time World Cup winner Katinka Hosszu of Hungary tops the women’s general standings with an outstanding 643 points. Dutch Inge Dekker is runner-up with 252 points while Spain’s Mireia Belmonte is third with 180 points.

A total six world and 10 World Cup records have been set in this year’s series so far.

The FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup can be followed through live streaming of finals on FINAtv and a live info feed