In Doha, at the World Championships, 19-year-old Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle broke a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle. He surpassed the previous record of 46.86 seconds and took the lead in the competition. Pan spoke to reporters about his achievement, saying “Breaking the world record just came naturally. Now my goal is to swim even faster.”
In addition to his individual success, Pan was also a part of the Chinese team that won gold in the 4x100m relay. Italy and the US took silver and bronze respectively. Among Pan’s teammates, Zhang Yufan, who is just 16 years old, notably broke the 50 second barrier in the discipline with a time of 48.62 seconds. However, only the leadoff leg of a relay counts towards official record times.
This accomplishment is all the more impressive considering that Pan had been feeling under the weather before the race. Qin Haiyan set the current 200m breaststroke record at last year’s World Championships. These are just some of the accomplishments that have made China a dominant force in international swimming.