The first day of finals at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships in Doha saw some incredible performances. One such performance was by Pan Zhanle of China, who set a new World Record in the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off China’s men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. His impressive time of 46.80 touched the wall at the first exchange.
China emerged victorious in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay final with a time of 3:11.08, marking their first-ever medal in the relay. Italy and the USA followed closely behind with times of 3:12.08 and 3:12.29, respectively. Zhanle’s record-breaking performance helped lead China to this historic moment.
Zhanle’s lead off leg helped China secure the gold medal, making it their first medal ever in this event. His swim also earned him a $30,000 USD bonus for his outstanding performance. Notably, he significantly improved on his morning performance, speeding up his split time in the final. This incredible performance marked a standout moment in the first day of finals at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships in Doha.