At the 2024 World Championships in Doha, China made history by winning the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. The team, consisting of Pan, Ji, Zhang, and Wang, set a new world record with a time of 3:11.08. Pan played a significant role in this achievement as he set a new world record in the long course meters men’s 100 freestyle with a time of 46.80. His performance earned him a $30,000 USD bonus and helped China win gold in the relay.
Zhanle broke David Popovici’s record by swimming a 46.80 in the final race. His fast start and strong performance throughout the race helped China secure the gold medal. Notably, he was faster in the final race than in his morning heat where he split a 48.26 flying start on the anchor leg.
The relay final also saw impressive performances from swimmers from other countries such as Italy, USA, Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia and Spain who finished second and third respectively.
This competition showcased an exciting championship as it set the stage for future events to come.