At the World Swimming Championships in Doha, China’s Pan Zhanle broke the world record in the men’s 100m freestyle. At just 19 years old, Pan split 46.80 seconds, taking six hundredths off the previous world record set by Romanian David Popovic in 2022. This impressive performance helped China win the relay by one second over Italy, while the USA won bronze without their best competitors in the 100 meter freestyle.
With his outstanding record, Pan has established himself as a strong contender for the iconic 100m freestyle at the Paris Olympics, which American Caeleb Dressel won in an Olympic record of 47.02 at the previous Games in Tokyo 2021. Although some top swimmers decided not to compete at the worlds, held in an Olympic year, Pan’s performance was noteworthy.
In other races, Erika Fairweather made history by becoming the first New Zealand swimmer to win a world title in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. She also won gold in women’s 5km open water swimming and silver medal in women’s marathon swimming events. Meanwhile, Australia’s Marrit Steenbergen posted the fastest leg of all swimmers participating on anchor leg of women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and Netherlands emerged victorious over Australia with her time of 3:38:97.
In men’s events, South Korea’s Kim Woo Min won gold in men’s 4x100m freestyle relay while missing out on winning individual gold medals for his performances of 46:98 seconds and 5:33:69 seconds respectively. Meanwhile, Sam Short from Australia and Ahmed Hafnaoui from Tunisia were missing from both races but have been named as World Champions for their respective events that will take place during next World Swimming Championships schedule to be held on Monday with final broadcast live.