In the 2024 World Championships in Doha, China set a new world record in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay with a time of 3:11.08. The team, consisting of Pan, Ji, Zhang, and Wang, achieved this feat, with Pan setting a new world record in the long course meters men’s 100 freestyle. Pan’s time of 46.80 also earned him a $30,000 USD bonus and helped China win gold in the relay. This marked China’s first medal in the relay.
The final race saw impressive performances from swimmers from various countries, including Italy, USA, Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia and Spain. Italy finished second while USA finished third.
One of the standout performances was that of Zhanle who broke David Popovici’s record by swimming a 46.80. His fast start and strong performance throughout the race helped China secure the gold medal.
Notably faster than his morning split of 48.26 on the anchor leg showed his determination and skill on the pool.
This competition set the stage for an exciting championship and showcased how far swimming has come as an international sport.
Overall, it was an amazing display of athleticism and talent from all participating countries and it will be interesting to see what they will achieve next time they step into the pool.