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

Chinese swimmer Pan Guangcheng shatters David Popovici’s world record in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha.

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.

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