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

The 2024 World Aquatic Championships kicked off with the Day 1 Finals Heat Sheet of events. The start lists for the Women’s 4×100 Free Relay and Men’s 4×100 Free Relay were announced.

In the final round, China took home the gold medal in the Men’s 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay, with a time of 3:11.08. Italy came in second at 3:12.08, while the USA finished third at 3:12.29. Other teams competing in the final included Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain.

China’s Pan Zhanle made history by breaking the world record for the men’s 100 freestyle while leading off the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. His new record-breaking time of 46.80 surpassed David Popovici’s previous record set in 2022. Zhanle’s split comparison showed that he was faster than Popovici at the 50 mark, contributing to his new world record.

Zhanle’s impressive swim marked a marked improvement from his performance in the morning heat where he had a much slower split on the anchor leg. His strong showing in the final round demonstrates his exceptional skill and determination in sprint swimming. This victory also earned him a $30,000 USD bonus for setting a new World Record.

The Women’s event saw some exciting competition as well, with Australia winning gold in a time of 3:35.78, followed closely by Russia and Canada in second and third place respectively.

Overall Day One of the Championships was filled with excitement as athletes pushed themselves to their limits and set new records on both LCM and SCM events.

By Editor

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