Pan Zhanle Unleashes 46.97 100 Free At 2024 Chinese Nationals (Race Video)

2024 CHINESE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

We entered day 5 of the 2024 Chinese National Swimming Championships which brought the final of the men’s 100m freestyle as the last event of tonight’s session in Shenzhen.

The reigning world record holder Pan Zhanle was indeed in the water, wasting no time firing off a warning shot to the rest of the world.

Pan unleashed a winning time of 46.97 to handily defeat the field and further establish himself as the fastest competitor in the world at the moment.

Pan opened in 22.60 and brought it home in 24.37 to post the 3rd sub-47-second outing of his career.

The next-closest swimmer tonight was Wang Haoyu who booked his ticket to Paris with a mark of 48.11 while Ji Xinjie earned the bronze in 48.33. Chen Juner placed 4th in 48.40, Liu Wudi 5th in 48.54 and Hong Jinquan earned 6th in 48.93.

Pan broke Romanian David Popovici‘s world record as lead-off on the Chinese men’s 4x100m free relay at this year’s World Championships. In Doha he stopped the clock at 46.80, slicing .06 off of Popovici’s former record of 46.86 produced at the 2022 European Championships.

Pan had already put the record on notice at last year’s Asian Games where he posted a time of 46.97, a then-Asian Record, to top the podium in Hangzhou.

Pan’s 46.80 World Record Pan’s 46.97 Tonight Pan’s 46.97 from Asian Games
22.26 22.60 22.45
24.54 24.37 24.52

Pan’s outing checks in once again as the 6th-swiftest performance in history.

All-Time Fastest Men’s LCM 100 Freestyle Performances

  1. 46.80 – Pan Zhanle, 2024
  2. 46.86 – David Popovici (ROU), 2022
  3. 46.91 – Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  4. 46.94 – Alain Bernard (FRA), 2009
  5. 46.96 – Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2019
  6. 46.97 – Pan Zhanle, 2023 & 2024
  7. 46.98 – David Popovici, 2022
  8. 47.02 – Caeleb Dressel, 2021
  9. 47.04 – Cameron McEvoy (AUS), 2016

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Geo
1 month ago

Y’all need to stop sleeping on Alexy! Not only did he have an incredible summer last year that gave him a huge amount of international experience but he followed that up with an almost 6 second time drop in the 200 Free SCY… 1:35.52 to 1:29.72! People with high swim IQ’s know that the 200 Free SCY trasnitons well to the 100 Free LCM. That just shows the training he’s been doing and the endurance he’s been building. He was out 22.48 and came back 24.83 when he went 47.31 in Fukuoka. He’s gonna be able to bring it back in 24.3-5 in Paris and that’s going to be good enough for Gold!

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Geo
1 month ago

I never thought I’d see the say when someone used the phrase ‘high swim IQ.’ I thought that was a phrase only reserved for the ‘experts’ that commentate on football and basketball.

CELL
Reply to  Geo
1 month ago

As a Cal fan I would explode with happiness if Alexy won.

Geo
Reply to  CELL
29 days ago

If anyone can prepare Alexy for the Olympics is Durden and the Cal Bears!

Hank
Reply to  Geo
1 month ago

I agree Alexy is dangerous and is going to drop time. Just a question if he can join the sub 47 club. Who knows. Perhaps sub 47s will be common soon.

Andrew
Reply to  Geo
1 month ago

He’ll mess up his dive, streamline or something else elementary before he wins any medal in Paris

Geo
Reply to  Andrew
29 days ago

Bro what did Cal do to you…

Geo
1 month ago

Y’all need to stop sleeping on Alexy! Not only did he have an incredible summer last year that gave him a huge amount of international experience but he followed that up with an almost 6 second time drop in the 200 Free SCY… 1:35.52 to 1:29.72! People with high swim IQ’s know that the 200 Free SCY trasnitons well to the 100 Free LCM. That just shows the training he’s been doing and the endurance he’s been building. He was out 22.48 and came back 24.83 when he went 47.31 in Fukuoka. He’s gonna be able to bring it back in 24.3-5 in Paris and that’s going to be good enough for Gold! Bookmark this post and come back to… Read more »

Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Dressel HAS to use his front end speed. We haven’t seen that since he took a break. I believe that if he used it and employs some combination of that and back half strategy that he has been doing, he will be dangerous.

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Nah he’s a back halfer now, Nesty wants him cruising the first 50 and closing like Bobby Finke. Dressel has easy speed as he is was a front halfer his whole career. The question remains whether he can close 24.3 or lower

Mr Piano
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
29 days ago

I think Dressel can execute a back half well for sure if he’s focusing on it, I just wonder how it will affect his 50 speed though, as that’s also a target event for him in Paris.

David S
1 month ago

Just give him the gold now.
The only thing that’s in doubt is will he break WR

hanqihao
1 month ago

The men’s 100m freestyle is one of the most intense events in the pool and there are no guarantees, there is still a lot of work to be done by Pan and everyone, and we are looking forward to Paris

Zaj
1 month ago

My prediction at paris olympics Men 100m freestyle
Gold – pan zhan le
Silver – popovici
Bronze – chalmers

saltie
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

nothing weve seen since his WR has shown that Dpop is a threat internationally in the 100 free. He went 46.86 in open, clean water under no pressure and at every big meet he lays up a brick. Pan, Chalmers, Dressel are the main contenders. Pan has the times to prove it, Chalmers and Dressel have experience. chlorine daddy? he’s got no reason to be included. I’d say even Alexy has a greater chance at a medal that dpop, like at least we’ve seen Alexy perform at a world champs.

John26
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

The runner up in his 46.86 was 47.47, faster than 2nd place in the 2022 WC final, in which he apparently laid a brick

CAELEB DRUGESSEL
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

DRUGESSEL is WASHED

Slow Breastroker
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

Reasonable.

Stingy
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

Gold – Pan Zhanle
Silver – Dressel
Bronze – Popovici

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

Yall love to count out Dressel

Slow Breastroker
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

What 100 free medal do you think Dressel will win?

Aragon Son of Arathorne
Reply to  Zaj
1 month ago

totally reasonable. It could go so many different ways, its ridiculous.

RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

This is going to be an insane race in Paris and might be the best 100 free final ever

Jordan
Reply to  RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

Yes it will have 1st/2nd/5th/8th fastest performer in history in Pan, Popovici, Dressel and Chalmers battling it out.

saltie
1 month ago

love how everyone is sleeping on Dressel. Olympic finals don’t usually produce crazy times, especially sprints it seems, likely because so many big dudes create a hellish wake. When has Dressel ever disappointed under pressure? He always gets his hand on the wall first no matter what, and the fact that he did it with a WR in the 100 fly is actually super rare. Pan may be putting up crazy times at trials, but we’ve seen this before. Dressel and Chalmers are the rare 100 free swimmers that actually go top times at the biggest stage. Y’all can say whoever you want is the favorite, but when it comes to a race like this, experience matters. Despite a WR… Read more »

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

No I don’t think we have seen a 19 year old break 47 3 times before actually…

blue
Reply to  Sapiens Ursus
1 month ago

in 7 month

saltie
Reply to  Sapiens Ursus
29 days ago

McEvoy put up a 47.0 at trials in 2016 and then….

Tencor
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

Tokyo Season Men’s 100 Freestyle Rankings (1/1/20-7/22/21)

David Popovici 47.30 WJR
Kliment Kolesnikov 47.31
Caeleb Dressel 47.39
Alessandro Miressi 47.53
Andrei Minakov 47.57
Kyle Chalmers 47.59

Gwangju Season Men’s 100 Freestyle Rankings (1/1/18-7/20/19)

Kyle Chalmers 47.35
Vladislav Grinev 47.43
Marcelo Chierighini 47.68
Vladimir Morozov 47.75
Zach Apple 47.79
Caeleb Dressel 47.86

Indeed, Dressel and Chalmers have come back to win and beat their in-season times by a decent amount, but never has someone been so far ahead on paper (46.80), and Dressel’s current season best is 48.40. If he can get it to 47-mid by trials then we’re having a conversation, but right now the battle is between Pan and Chalmers for the gold medal.

Lisa
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

I thought you were gonna say 47 low cause 47 mid is definitely possible with the way Dressel swimming right now and Dressel usually not fast with in season swimming and his 48.40 is one of his fastest in season swims.

Slow Breastroker
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

“When has Dressel ever disappointed under pressure?”

Did you not watch 2022 Budapest?

Dressel buckled under pressure and disappeared from ongoing competition and went on radio silence.

Lisa
Reply to  Slow Breastroker
1 month ago

I didn’t know that and I thought the buckled under pressure thing is during the race when you’re competing.

Slow Breastroker
Reply to  Lisa
1 month ago

Buckled under pressure may also occur before the race/event. Just ask Dressel and Simone Biles.

Lisa
Reply to  Slow Breastroker
29 days ago

It’s what i called withdraw from a competition and it’s different than buckled under pressure during a race when you’re competing.

saltie
Reply to  Slow Breastroker
1 month ago

yes i did watch 2022, that meet where Caeleb Dressel won just as many individual Golds as Pan Zhanle did in Doha….except Pan did it at a random fake World Champs without competition from Chalmers, Alexy, Dressel, Popovici, and several other guys.

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