In Doha, 19-year-old Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle has set a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle. He broke the previous record of 46.86 seconds and took the lead in the World Championships. Pan told reporters that breaking the world record came naturally to him and his goal now is to swim even faster.
In addition to his individual accomplishment, Pan was also part of the Chinese team that won gold in the 4x100m relay. Italy and the US finished in silver and bronze respectively. Among Pan’s teammates, 16-year-old Zhang Yufei notably broke the 50 second barrier in the discipline with a time of 48.62 seconds – though only the leadoff leg of a relay counts towards official record times.
Despite feeling under the weather before the race, Pan’s accomplishment is all the more impressive. 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.