At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, 19-year-old Pan Chengcheng shaved off six hundredths of Romanian David Popovici’s World Record in the men’s 100m freestyle event. This impressive feat was accomplished by Pan in a time of 46.80 seconds, beating Popovici’s previous record of 47.46 seconds set at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
With China leading the pack from the beginning, Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu won gold in a time of 3:11.08. Italy took silver with a time of 3:12.08 and the United States finished third with a time of 3:12.29.
Pan came into Doha with one world championship medal to his name – a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. Following this success, he went on to win three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, including a personal best performance in the men’s 100m freestyle event where he set a new record of 46.97 seconds, making him the fifth-fastest man in history before tonight’s competition.