In the World Championships in Doha, 19-year-old Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle broke a world record in the 100-meter freestyle. He set a new mark of 46.86 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 47.25 seconds held by Michael Phelps. Pan told reporters that breaking the world record came naturally to him and that his goal now was to swim even faster.

Pan also helped China win gold in the 4x100m relay along with three other teammates, while Italy and the USA won silver and bronze respectively. The relay was won with a time of 3:37.92 seconds, beating their previous best of 3:38.52 seconds set at the London Olympics in 2012.

Another impressive achievement was made by Zhang Yufei, who is just 16 years old, as he significantly broke the 50-second barrier in the event with a time of 48.62 seconds – although only his opening leg of the relay counts towards official record times.

Qin Haiyan set a current record in the women’s breaststroke at last year’s World Championships with a time of 2:15.93 seconds, which is just one of many achievements that have made China a dominant force in international swimming today.

By Editor

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