February 23, 2024 1:04 am
Pan Zhanle from China sets new world record with a time of 46.80 in 4×100 freestyle relay lead off.

The 2024 World Aquatic Championships kicked off with the Day 1 Finals Heat Sheet of events. The start lists for the Women’s 4×100 Free Relay and Men’s 4×100 Free Relay were announced.

In the Men’s 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay Final, the world record of 3:08.24 is held by the USA. The championship record is also held by the USA at 3:09.06, and the 2023 World Champion for this event was Australia, with a time of 3:10.16.

The final round saw China take home the gold medal with a time of 3:11.08, followed closely behind by Italy at 3:12.08 and the USA at 3:12.29. Other teams competing in the final included Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain.

China’s Pan Zhanle made headlines during this event as he broke his own world record for the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay while leading off for his team.

Zhanle’s new record-breaking time of 46.85 surpassed his previous record set just a year ago in this same event.

Zhanle’s impressive swim was a marked improvement from his morning performance where he had a much slower split on the anchor leg.

His strong showing in the final round demonstrates his exceptional skill and determination in sprint swimming.

This victory marked China’s first time medaling in men’s freestyle relay events at these championships.

In addition to earning first place honors for China, Zhanle also earned $30,000 USD bonus for breaking that world record.

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