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.
Zhanle broke David Popovici’s record by swimming a 46.80. His fast start and strong performance throughout the race helped China secure the gold medal. He was notably faster in the final race than in the morning where he split a 48.26 flying start on the anchor leg.
The relay final also saw Italy, USA, Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia and Spain competing with Italy finishing second and the USA finishing third. The competition showcased impressive performances from swimmers from various countries and set the stage for an exciting championship.
In addition to Zhanle’s impressive performance on anchor leg, other notable swimmers included Popovici who finished fourth but still managed to break his own previous world record of 47 seconds.
This race was highly anticipated as it was expected to be closely contested between China and other top nations such as Italy and USA. However, China’s excellent teamwork and individual performances proved to be too much for their competitors to handle.
The victory of China is considered a significant milestone for Chinese swimming as they have been striving for success in international competitions for several years now.
Overall this race was full of excitement and drama as swimmers gave their all to win gold and set new records.