Pan Jianxiong Shatters World Record in Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay at Doha World Aquatics Championships

Pan Zhanle sets World Record and leads China to 4x100m Free gold

At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, 19-year-old Chinese swimmer Pan Jianxiong broke Romanian David Popovici’s World Record in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Pan shaved six hundredths off of Popovici’s previous record of 46.80 seconds, setting a new record of 46.14 seconds.

China dominated the race, with Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu finishing in first place with a time of 3:11.08. Italy took silver in 3:12.08 and the United States finished third with a time of 3:12.29.

Pan came into Doha with one world championship medal in his career, a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. Following Fukuoka, Pan won three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. This included a win in the men’s 100m freestyle event where he set his previous personal record of 46.97, making him the fifth-fastest man in history – before tonight.

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