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Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle sets new world record in 100m freestyle at the start of swimming world championships

Pan Zhanle made headlines by breaking the men’s 100m freestyle world record as he led off China’s gold medal-winning 4x100m free relay team at the world swimming championships in Doha. At just 19 years old, Pan split 46.80 seconds, taking six hundredths off the previous world record set by Romanian David Popovici in 2022. This impressive performance helped China win the relay by a one-second margin over Italy while the U.S. claimed bronze without their top 100m freestylers.

With his remarkable record, Pan has established himself as a strong contender for the iconic 100m freestyle race at the Paris Olympics, which American Caeleb Dressel won in an Olympic record time of 47.02 at the previous Games in Tokyo in 2021. Although some top swimmers opted not to compete at the worlds, the first to be held in an Olympic year, Pan’s performance was noteworthy.

In addition to Pan’s exceptional performance, Erika Fairweather made history by becoming the first New Zealand swimmer to win a world title in the women’s 400m free. Her victory of 2.18 seconds over China’s Li Bingjie set her up to challenge the three fastest women in history in the upcoming Olympic games. Meanwhile, Australia outperformed Netherlands in women’s 4x100m free with anchor Marrit Steenbergen posting the fastest split of all 32 swimmers involved. Kim Woo-Min from South Korea claimed victory over Elijah Winnington from Australia in men’s 4x

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