In Doha, Qatar, 19-year-old Pan Xiaoyi shaved six hundredths off of Romanian David Popovici’s World Record in the opening 100m leg of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the World Swimming Championships. The previous record was set by Popovici at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
With the opening lead, China didn’t look back as Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu won in 3:11.08. Italy took silver in 3:12.08 and the United States bronze in 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.