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China’s Pan Zhanle sets new world record with a time of 46.80 in 4×100 freestyle relay lead off


Feb 11, 2024

The 2024 World Aquatic Championships featured a variety of events, with day 1 finals focusing on the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. The championship was fierce, with the USA holding the world record at 3:08.24 and the current championship record being 3:09.06. The 2023 World Champion was Australia with a time of 3:10.16.

The final event saw China with the impressive team of Pan, Ji, Zhang, and Wang finishing in 3:11.08, followed closely by Italy, the USA, Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain.

Of special note was Pan Zhanle of China, who set a new world record in the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay on the first night in Doha. He swam a 46.80, breaking David Popovici’s record of 46.86 from August 2022.

Zhanle’s contribution helped lead China to a gold medal, and notably marked the first Chinese World Record in a men’s sprint event, in both LCM and SCM. Pan earned a $30,000 USD bonus for setting the World Record.

It is important to note that Zhanle was much slower during his morning split, at a 48.26 flying start on the anchor leg, showing an impressive shift to another gear during the final relay. All-time top performances for the men’s 100 Free include Zhanle, Popovici, Cielo, and Bernard.

By Editor

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