China set a new world record after winning the Tokyo Olympic gold in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay on July 29.
The Chinese swimming team comprised of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei, and Li Bingjie finished the relay event in seven minutes and 40.33 seconds, beating the previous world record held by Australia at seven minutes and 41.50 seconds at the 2019 world championships.
The medal is China’s first Olympic gold in the event.
“We didn’t expect to win the gold. We just tried to finish third because Australia and the United States are very strong,” Li said.
The U.S. and Australia, winning the silver and bronze respectively, also broke the previous world record.
The U.S. team finished in seven minutes and 40.73 seconds, setting the new American record. Meanwhile, Australia finished seven minutes and 41.29 seconds, setting the new Oceanian record.
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