Romanian David Popovici set a new World Record in the 100m leg of the 4x100m medley relay at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Popovici shaved off six hundredths of a second from his previous record at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Pan came into Doha with one world championship medal in his career, a silver from the 4x100m Medley Relay at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. Following Fukuoka, Pan won three golds at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. This included 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.
China dominated the race as Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu finished first in 3:11.08. Italy took silver in 3:12.08 and the United States bronze in 3:12.29.