Chinese Swimmer Pan Breaks 47-Second Record in 100m Freestyle

China’s Pan Zan Le reacts after winning the 100m freestyle in the Asian Games final, which broke the 47th-second record in swimming. | Reuters

HANGZHOU, China – Chinese genius Pan Zhanle broke the record of 47 seconds in the 100 meters and 1 second freestyle for the first time as an Asian swimmer at the Asian Games on Sunday, while North Korea celebrated its return to a major tournament by winning a medal in judo.

Pan won the gold medal at the Hangzhou swimming pool with a brilliant time of 46.97 seconds, the fifth-fastest ever, announcing himself as a major competitor in the blue band event, a year before the Paris Olympics.

Despite all that, the 19-year-old boy’s disappointing reaction was as amazing as his swimming.


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