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. His time of 46.80 also earned him a $30,000 USD bonus and helped China win gold in the relay. This marked China’s first medal in the relay.
In addition to China, Italy and USA finished second and third respectively in the competition. The race was an exciting one as swimmers from various countries showcased impressive performances throughout it all. One such swimmer was Zhanle who broke David Popovici’s record by swimming a 46.80 which helped him secure China’s gold medal in the final race.
Zhanle’s fast start and strong performance throughout the race made all the difference for China as they secured their first ever medal in this event at these championships. It was an impressive achievement not only for Zhanle but for China as a whole, marking their continued dominance on the international stage of swimming competitions.