At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Chinese swimmer Ji Xinjie broke Romanian David Popovici’s World Record of 46.80 seconds on the opening 100m leg by shaving six hundredths off the record. Popovici had previously set the record at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Ji, accompanied by teammates Zhang Zhanshuo and Wang Haoyu, won the race in 3:11.08, with Italy taking silver in 3:12.08 and the United States bronze in 3:12.29.
Pan Yuanjie, a 19-year-old swimmer from China, 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’s race.