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.
China made history in the Men’s 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay Final, taking home the gold medal with a time of 3:11.08. This marked the first time that Chinese men have ever medaled in this event. Pan Zhanle led off the relay and broke the world record for men’s 100 freestyle with a time of 46.80, surpassing David Popovici’s previous record set in 2022. Zhanle was faster than Popovici at the 50 mark, contributing to his new world record. His impressive swim was a marked improvement from his performance in the morning, 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.
The championship record for this event is held by the USA at 3:09.06, and they finished third in this race with a time of 3:12.29. Other teams competing in the final included Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Spain