Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle has set a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle at the World Championships in Doha. At just 19 years old, he broke the previous record of 46.86 seconds and took the lead in the competition. When asked about his achievement, Pan said, “Breaking the world record just came naturally. Now my goal is to swim even faster.”
In addition to his individual success, Pan was also part of the Chinese team that won gold in the 4x100m relay. Italy and the US finished in silver and bronze, respectively. Another impressive feat by a young Chinese swimmer was Zhang Yufei’s breakthrough performance in the 50 meter backstroke, where she became the first Chinese woman to swim under 50 seconds with a time of 49.23 seconds.
Despite feeling under the weather before the race, Pan was able to deliver a strong performance and set a new standard for international swimming. His accomplishment is just one of many that have made China a dominant force in the sport. Qin Haiyan set the current 200m breaststroke record at last year’s World Championships, further cementing China’s position as a global powerhouse in swimming.