In Doha, 19-year-old Pan Chenchen broke the world record for the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the World Aquatics Championships. He shaved six hundredths off of Romanian David Popovici’s previous record of 3:12.72, setting a new world record of 3:12.66.
With Pan in the lead, China didn’t look back as they won the gold medal in 3:11.08. Italy took silver in 3:12.08 and the United States finished third with a time of 3:12.29.
Pan had one world championship medal before Doha, a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. Following Fukuoka, he went on to win three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, including 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’s race.