Pan Zhanle, a 19-year-old Chinese swimmer, has set a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle at the World Championships in Doha. He broke the previous record of 46.86 seconds and took the lead in the competition. Pan told reporters that breaking the world record came naturally to him and that his goal now is to swim even faster.
In addition to his individual accomplishment, Pan was also part of the Chinese team that won gold in the 4x100m relay. Italy and the US took silver and bronze respectively. Among Pan’s teammates was Zhang Yufeng, who is just 16 years old and broke the 50 second barrier in the discipline with a time of 48.62 seconds – though only the leadoff leg of a relay counts towards official record times.
Despite feeling under the weather before the race, Pan was able to achieve this impressive feat. This accomplishment is just one of many that have made China a dominant force in international swimming. Qin Haiyan set the current 200m breaststroke record at last year’s World Championships, further solidifying China’s position as a powerhouse in this sport.