The India Times Online

China’s Pan Zhanle breaks the world record for men’s 100-meter freestyle

<p>At the global championships in Doha on Sunday, Chinese youngster Pan Zhanle set the world record in the men’s 100-meter freestyle with a timing of 46.80 seconds.</p>
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<p>In the 4x100m freestyle relay, Pan established a new record as the first swimmer for his team. This helped Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo, and Wang Haoyu secure the gold medal for China in 3 minutes and 11:08 seconds.</p>
<p>The 19-year-old beat Romanian David Popovici’s previous mark of 46.86 seconds set at the August 2022 European Championships in Rome.</p>
<p>Yes, it was an amazing experience. We tried our best, and I trusted my pals,” Pan said.</p>
<p>“I told myself to swim hard.” I was surprised to see the time since I had intended to save it for the Olympics in Paris and didn’t think I would be breaking the world mark right away.</p>
<p>In 3:12.28, Italy won silver, while in 3:12.28, the United States won bronze.</p>
<p>Pan had only won one global medal before to these events, a silver in the 4×100-meter medley relay in Fukuoka, Japan, the previous year.</p>
<p>He’s also won three championships in the Asian Games, one of them in the 100m. Prior to coming to Qatar, he was the fifth fastest man in the world with a personal best of 46.97.</p>
<p>The women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay was won by the Netherlands, with a time of 3:36.61 set by Kim Busch, Janna van Kooten, Kira Toussaint, and Marrit Steenbergen.</p>
<p>Silver went to Australia, 0.32 seconds behind, while Canada finished third.</p>
<p>Earlier in the first day of the swimming competition, Kim Woo-min of South Korea took home the gold in the men’s 400m freestyle.</p>
<p>Kim defeated Australia’s Elijah Winnington, the 2022 world champion, with a time of 3:42.71. Third place went to Lukas Martens of Germany.</p>
<p>Going into the last 100 meters, 22-year-old Kim was on track to beat 2009 world record holder Paul Biedermann’s time, but she was unable to keep up the pace and ended more over two seconds behind the German.</p>
<p>Algerian Olympic champion Ahmed Hafnaoui was unexpectedly eliminated in the heats, finishing a pitiful 17th overall and losing out on a spot in the final.</p>
<p>In the women’s 400-meter freestyle, Erika Fairweather of New Zealand easily defeated Li Bingjie of China, hitting the wall at almost two seconds ahead of the latter.</p>
<p>Germany’s Isabel Gose took the bronze.</p>

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