At 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.
Zhanle broke David Popovici’s record by swimming a 46.80 in the final race. His fast start and strong performance throughout the race helped China secure the gold medal. He was notably faster in the final race than in the morning, where he split a 48.26 flying start on the anchor leg.
The relay final also saw Italy finish second and USA finish third alongside Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain competing for top honors. The competition showcased impressive performances from swimmers from various countries and set the stage for an exciting championship.
China had previously won no medals in this event before this momentous occasion at Doha World Championships.
The win marked China’s first medal in this event since its introduction to international competition.