2020 OG swimming: David Popovici misses the bronze medal by two-hundredths. Robert Glinta ranks 8th
Latest news: Romanian young swimmer David Popovici qualified on Wednesday in the finals of the 100 m freestyle event at 2020 Olympic Games, his favorite.
The finals of the 100 m free style event, where David has a world record at the junior category (47 seconds and 30 tenths) and a gold medal at the European Juniors Championship, will take place on Thursday morning, at 05:37 (Romania’s time). He will also race in the 50 m free style event on Friday.
David Popovici finished fourth in the Olympic final for 200m freestyle, missing the bronze medal by two-hundredths in the 200 m freestyle event at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
David finished the race with the time 1.44.68. British Tom Dean ranked first with 1.44.22, another Briton Duncan Scott ranked second-1.44.26 and Brazilian Fernando Scheffer came third-1.44.66.
The 16yo rising star of the Romanian swimming joked about the very little difference between three and fourth and said he has no regret for missing the Olympic medal.
“I think if I had left my nail a little longer, maybe I would have taken third place, but that doesn’t matter. I came here set to do as well as I could, and I succeeded. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m waiting for my coach to reproach me, I can only be happy and he will be happy too, I’m sure. My initial purpose was not to get a medal, it was to win as much experience as possible, to show all of them what level I can bring to the crawl. I don’t believe I lost the medal, I believe I won fourth place,” said David Popovici.
Over the years, Romania scored a number of nine medals, of which three gold, two silver and four bronze at the Olympic games.
The last Olympic medals taken by Romanian swimmers come from the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens, when Alina Potec obtained gold at 200 m freestyle, and Razvan Ionut Florea took bronze at 200m backstroke. He remained the only male to have taken a podium up to now in the Olympic Games.
Robert Glinta finishes the 100 meter backstroke the 8th
Swimmer Robert Glinta finished the 100 meter backstroke, within the Tokyo Olympic Games, on 8th place, but was pleased that he gave it all he had and achieved a better time than in the semifinals and series.
“It was an extremely exhausting final, but all races are like this, it is about giving all you’ve got, of finishing with no resources. I gave it everything I had today and that is why I am so exhausted. In the end it was a better race than during the semifinals and qualifiers, that is gratifying and my time was not far away from my own personal and national record. From a technical and tactical point of view, I executed a very good race and I do not believe that at this level I could have done anything to achieve a better result. This was my level for this competition and I am glad that I could execute it at maximum capacity and under these circumstances,” Robert Glinta said.
Glinta was the 4th after the first pool and the 8th in the final.
“Now, that you’ve already drunk your coffee, we send you some gorgeous photos from the finals where our swimmer have performed. Congratulations, David Popovici (the 4) place David Popovici , congratulations Robert Glință (8th😎 Robert Glință) ! Nothing but admiration for your work! We are among #TheBestofUs, #Tokyo2020”, says the Romanian Olympic Sports Committee in a message.