The 2024 World Aquatic Championships in Doha are well underway, and China is currently leading the medal table with one gold medal. Li Bingjie won silver in the women’s 400 freestyle, while the Chinese men’s 4×100 free relay team captured gold, with Pan Zhanle setting a new World Record. South Korea, the Netherlands, and New Zealand each have one gold medal. The Netherlands won the women’s 4×100 free relay, upsetting the Australians, and New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather won the women’s 400 freestyle in a new national record. Australia and Germany are the only other countries with two medals each, with both countries winning silver and bronze in various events.
On Day 1 of competition, South Korea took home their first gold medal of the tournament by winning the men’s 4x100m freestyle event. The Netherlands also made history on this day by capturing their first ever gold medal at these championships. They did so by winning the women’s 4x100m freestyle event in a time that broke their own previous world record.
New Zealand is currently holding onto its lead over China on Day 2 of competition after Erika Fairweather set a new national record to win gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle event. Italy has also joined the race for medals after winning silver in both the men’s and women’s versions of this event. Canada has yet to make any moves on Day 2 but is still hanging onto its current position on the medal table alongside Germany and Australia who have two medals each.