Zhang Lin, The First Chinese Man Breaks 800 Free World Record

Zhang Lin’s gold is a milestone for China swimming .

2009, July 29, Rome, Chinese Zhang Lin won the men’s 800-meter freestyle world title today, demolishing Grant Hackett’s four-year-old world record with a time of 7:32.12.

Zhang Lin (Actually Lin is his first name, Zhang is last name) made the first World Championships swimming gold for a Chinese man one to remember here on Wednesday, demolishing Aussie great Grant Hackett’s world record in winning the 800m freestyle.

2009 800m men’s freestyle final

“I’m more than five seconds quicker than Hackett’s record and I’m still surprised,” Zhang said. “I can’t believe it.”

It was the 22-year-old’s first gold medal at the World Championships – and China’s first ever men’s swimming gold at a major international event.
 
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