Pan Zhanle from China sets new world record with a time of 46.80 in 4×100 freestyle relay lead off.

The 2024 World Aquatic Championships kicked off with the Day 1 Finals Heat Sheet of events, featuring the start lists for the Women’s 4×100 Free Relay and Men’s 4×100 Free Relay.

In the Men’s 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay Final, China took home the gold medal with a time of 3:11.08, followed by Italy at 3:12.08 and the USA at 3:12.29. Other teams competing in the final included Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain.

Pan Zhanle of China made headlines by breaking the world record for the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. His new record-breaking time of 46.80 surpassed the previous record set by David Popovici in 2022. Zhanle’s split comparison showed that he was faster than Popovici at the 50 mark, likely contributing to his new world record.

This victory marked the first time that Chinese men have ever medaled in this event at these championships. Zhanle’s performance also made history by earning China its first World Record in a men’s sprint event in both LCM and SCM categories. This earned him a $30,000 USD bonus for setting the World Record.

Zhanle’s impressive swim was a marked improvement from his morning performance, where he had a much slower split on the anchor leg. His strong showing in the final round demonstrates his exceptional skill and determination in sprint swimming.

The Women’s Freestyle Relay saw Australia take home gold with a time of 3:36.57 while China came in second place with a time of 3:37.88.

Overall, Day One of competition at the World Aquatic Championships was filled with exciting races and history-making performances!

By Editor

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