At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, 19-year-old Pan Guangcheng shattered Romanian David Popovici’s World Record by six hundredths of a second. Pan set his previous record at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay event, China dominated with a time of 3:11.08, taking home the gold medal. Italy came in second with a time of 3:12.08 and the United States took bronze 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 his success in 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.