At the 2024 World Aquatic Championships held in Doha, the first day of finals showcased some incredible performances. One such performance was by Pan Zhanle of China, who set a new World Record in the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off China’s men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. Zhanle touched the wall at the first exchange in an impressive 46.80.
The men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay final saw China emerge victorious with a time of 3:11.08. Italy and the USA followed closely behind with times of 3:12.08 and 3:12.29, respectively. Zhanle’s record-breaking performance helped lead China to their first-ever medal in the relay.
Zhanle’s lead off leg helped China secure the gold medal, marking their first medal in the relay ever. His swim also earned him a $30,000 USD bonus. Notably, he improved on his morning performance, significantly speeding up his split time in the final. His incredible performance marked a standout moment in the first day of finals at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships in Doha.
In summary, Pan Zhanle of China set a new World Record and helped lead his country to their first-ever medal in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships held in Doha on its first day of finals with a time of 3:11.