David Popovici wins 2nd gold medal at the European Swimming Championships

The Romanian swimmer David Popovici won the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle on Friday evening at the European Swimming Championships in Belgrade.

Popovici, the holder of the title, won by a large margin, with a time of 1 min 43 sec 13/100, inferior to the performance achieved two years ago in Rome (competition record – 1 min 42 sec 97/100). T

he Lithuanian Danas Rapsys took second place, in 1 min 45 sec 65/100, the podium being completed by the Swiss Antonio Djakovic, 1 min 46 sec 32/100.

The Romanian was three seconds faster than in the semi-finals (1 min 46 sec 15/100). On Wednesday, David Popovici also won the continental title in the 100 m free, these being the only medals obtained by Romania in Belgrade.

Popovici is qualified in these trials and at the Olympic Games in Paris.

Shortly after winning the gold medal, David Popovici revealed the strategy he used in the 200m freestyle.

“I tried to go as hard as I can, at the same time to maintain an easy speed, a high but constant speed, then accelerate on the third 50, then on the last one I try to bang it. That’s what we talked about right before the race. It’s our usual strategy. I try to do my races, to enjoy the competition, the sun, it’s not every day I have the chance to compete with Djakovic, with Rapsys. Usually when I have 200 free or 100 free practice, I have to train by myself. And it helps a lot to train, in quotes, in these competition conditions”, said David Popovici, quoted by gsp.ro.

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