China Takes Early Lead at 2024 World Aquatic Championships; Netherlands Upset Australia in Women’s 4×100 Free Relay


China Dominates Night 1 with Two Medals

The 2024 World Aquatic Championships began in Doha with China leading the medal table after the first day of competition. On the women’s side, Li Bingjie won silver in the 400 freestyle, giving China its first medal of the event. The country later secured the world title in the men’s 4×100 free relay, with Pan Zhanle setting a new World Record with a 46.80 on the lead-off leg.

South Korea, the Netherlands, and New Zealand each have one gold medal. The Netherlands pulled off an upset in the women’s 4×100 free relay, coming from behind to defeat Australia. New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather also made history by winning the women’s 400 freestyle in a new national record.

Australia and Germany have two medals each, aside from China. Australia won silver in both men’s and women’s 400 freestyles while Germany secured bronze in both events.

The updated medal table shows China leading with one gold, one silver, and no bronze medals followed by South Korea, Netherlands and New Zealand each with one gold medal. Australia has two silver medals while Italy has one bronze medal, Germany has two bronze medals and Canada has one silver medal along with USA who also have at least one silver or bronze medal.

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