New World Record Holder Pan Fastest in 100m Freestyle Heats

At the Doha World Championships on Wednesday, Olympic medallist Jeremy Desplanches was the fastest in the 200-meter medley heats, while China’s recently established world record holder Pan Zhanle led qualifying for the men’s 100-meter freestyle semi-finals.

Pan established a world record on Sunday with his incredible lead-off swim in the China-won relay, clocking in at 47.82 seconds in the morning session in the Aspire Dome pool, just over a second slower than Pan’s pace on Sunday.

Pan, 19, made a quick recovery after his unexpected withdrawal from the 200-meter freestyle heats on Monday, when he was predicted to compete for gold.

Italy’s Alessandro Miressi qualified second in the 100m freestyle with 47.94, while Briton Matt Richards, the 200m freestyle world champion at Fukuoka last year, was fourth quickest.

With world champion Kyle Chalmers skipping the meet, along with Fukuoka minor medallists Jack Alexy and Maxime Grousset, Pan is in the box seat to pick up his first individual world title.

Swiss swimmer Desplanches, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, secured top seed for the men’s 200m individual medley semi-finals with a time of one minute 58.17 seconds.

Though France’s 200m and 400m medley world champion Leon Marchand is skipping Doha, Fukuoka silver medallist Duncan Scott is present and eased into the 200m semi-finals with the eighth quickest swim.

Scott later helped Britain qualify quickest for the mixed medley relay final ahead of second-placed Australia and the third-ranked United States.

Denmark’s Helena Bach topped the timesheets in a modest field for the women’s 200m butterfly with a time of 2:09.21.

Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Haughey will bid for a maiden world title in the women’s 200m freestyle final in the evening session later on Wednesday, while Japan’s Tomoru Honda, also a Tokyo runnerup, will swim for the men’s 200m butterfly crown.


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