The 2024 World Aquatics Championships kicked off with qualification for the finals on the opening day. The starting lists for the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay and the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay have been announced.
In the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay final, China took the gold medal with a time of 3:11.08, surpassing the previous world record set by Australia in 2023. Pan Zhanle, leading the race, made history by breaking the world record with a time of 46.80, which was faster than David Popovich’s previous record set in 2022. Zhanle’s impressive swim was a marked improvement over his morning performance, where he had a much slower anchor leg. His strong performance in the final round shows his exceptional skill and determination in sprint swimming.
The USA finished second in this event with a time of 3:12.29, while Italy came in third with a time of 3:12.08. Other teams that competed in the finals were Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia and Spain.
The women’s team from China also made history by winning their first-ever medal in this event with a time of 3:55.75, beating their own national record set earlier this year at home competition held under FINA ruleset