The 2024 World Aquatic Championships kicked off in Doha with China leading the medal table after the first day of competition. Li Bingjie won silver in the women’s 400 freestyle, bringing home China’s first medal of the event. The country later secured the 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 have two medals each, aside from China. Australia won silver in the men’s 400 free and the women’s 4×100 free relay, while Germany secured bronze in both 400 freestyles.
The updated medal table shows China in the lead with one gold, one silver, and no bronze medals. Following behind are South Korea, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, each with one gold medal. Australia, Italy, Germany, Canada, and the USA each have at least one silver or bronze medal.