At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Chinese swimmer Xinjie Ji set a new world record in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, finishing in 3:11.08. The previous record was held by Romanian David Popovici, who had set it at the 2022 European Championships with a time of 3:17.66. Pan, however, managed to shave six hundredths off of Popovici’s time with his own blistering pace.
Pan began the race with a split of 22.26 over the first 50 meters, before coming back in the second half with a time of 24.54. Despite this impressive performance, Ji and his teammates were able to hold on to their lead and eventually break the record by over two seconds. Italy took silver in the event, while the United States finished in third place.
After the race, Pan expressed his excitement about breaking the world record and spoke about his plans for future races. “I believe I can go faster than today’s time,” he said. “Breaking the World Record just came naturally and now my goal is to swim even faster.” Pan had previously won three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China and had also set a personal best of 46.97 in men’s 100m freestyle event there before tonight’s race