At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Chinese swimmer Ji Xinjie broke Romanian David Popovici’s World Record in the men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay. The previous record was set by Popovici at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
With a time of 46.80 seconds on the opening leg, Pan shaved six hundredths off Popovici’s record. Italy took silver with a time of 3:12.08 and the United States finished in third place with a time of 3:12.29.
Pan came into this competition with one world championship medal to his name, a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. After winning three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China earlier this year, including a win in the men’s 100m freestyle event where he set his personal record of 46.97, making him the fifth-fastest man in history – before tonight.