Doha, Qatar – Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle made history on Sunday by breaking the world record in the men’s 100m freestyle at the world swimming championships. Leading China’s gold medal-winning 4x100m free relay team, Pan clocked in at 46.80 seconds, beating the previous world record set by Romanian David Popovici in 2022. The relay team from China led from start to finish and ultimately won by one second over Italy, with the U.S. taking home the bronze medal.
Pan Zhanle’s impressive performance at the world championships may position him as the favorite in the 100m freestyle race at the Paris Olympics. This race was most recently won in an Olympic record time by American Caeleb Dressel in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Some top swimmers chose not to compete at the world championships in an Olympic year to focus on training for the upcoming Olympic Trials.
The women’s 4x100m free relay saw a thrilling finish as Netherlands emerged victorious by overtaking Australia in