The 2024 World Aquatic Championships kicked off in Doha with China leading the medal table after the first day of competition. The country secured a world title in the men’s 4×100 free relay, with Pan Zhanle setting a new World Record with a 46.80 on the lead-off leg.
South Korea, the Netherlands, and New Zealand each have one gold medal. The Netherlands pulled off an upset in the women’s 4×100 free relay, coming from behind to defeat the Australians. New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather also made history by winning the women’s 400 freestyle in a new national record.
Australia and Germany each have two medals each, aside from China. Australia won silver in both men’s and women’s 4×100 free relays while Germany secured bronze in both events. Li Bingjie won silver in the women’s 400 freestyle for China, bringing home their first medal of the event.
The updated medal table shows China leading with one gold, one silver and no bronze medals following closely by South Korea, the Netherlands and New Zealand who all have one gold medal each. Australia, Italy, Germany, Canada and USA each have at least one silver or bronze medal.