On Sunday in Doha, Pan Zhanle made history by breaking the world record in the men’s 100m freestyle at the world swimming championships. The 19-year-old swimmer from China clocked in at 46.80 seconds, beating the previous world record set by Romanian David Popovici in 2022. This impressive performance positions Pan Zhanle as a favorite to win the race at the Paris Olympics, which was most recently won by American Caeleb Dressel in an Olympic record time during the 2021 Tokyo Games.
Some top swimmers chose not to compete at the world championships in an Olympic year to focus on training for the upcoming Olympic Trials. In other races, New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather made history by becoming the first swimmer from her country to win a world championship title in the women’s 400m free. The Netherlands also emerged victorious in the women’s 4x100m free relay, with anchor Marrit Steenbergen posting the fastest split in