At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, China’s Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu set a new world record in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay with a time of 3:11.08.
Pan Yue, a 19-year-old swimmer from China, came into the competition with one world championship medal in his career, a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. However, he managed to shave six hundredths off of Romanian David Popovici’s previous world record with his opening lead on the first leg of the race.
Italy took silver in the event with a time of 3:12.08 and the United States finished third with a time of 3:12.29. Despite not setting a new world record, Pan was able to set a new personal best with his time of 46.80 seconds on the opening leg. This put him fifth on the all-time list for this event.