The 2024 World Aquatic Championships saw a fierce competition in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay on day 1. The USA held the world record at 3:08.24, and the current championship record was 3:09.06, both set by Australia in 2023 with a time of 3:10.16.
In the final event, China emerged victorious with a team consisting of Pan, Ji, Zhang, and Wang finishing in a time of 3:11.08. Italy followed closely behind, while the USA and Great Britain took third and fourth place respectively. Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain rounded out the top eight teams.
One standout performance came from Pan Zhanle of China who set a new world record in the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay on the first night in Doha. He swam a 46.80, breaking David Popovici’s record of 46.86 from August 2022.
Zhanle’s contribution helped lead China to a gold medal and marked an important milestone as it was the first Chinese World Record in a men’s sprint event in both LCM and SCM. Pan earned a $30,000 USD bonus for setting the World Record