Romanian swimming sensation David Popovici won the gold medal in the 200m freestyle final on Monday at the European Swimming Championships in Rome, with a time of 1:42.97, the third best time in history for this event, thus setting a new junior world and European record.
The silver medal in the 200m freestyle final went to the Swiss Antonio Djakovic, in 1 min 45 sec 60/100, and the bronze was awarded by the Austrian Felix Auboeck, in 1 min 45 sec 89/100.
Popovici held the previous junior performances (1 min 43 sec 21/100), achieved on June 20, at the Senior World Championships in Budapest, where he won gold in the 100 and 200 m freestyle. The former record of the competition was held by the Russian Martin Maliutin (1 min 44 sec 79/100), from May 21, 2021. David will also take part in the 400 m freestyle event, the heats being scheduled for August 17.
On Saturday, Popovici also won the title in the 100 m free, with a new world record (46 sec 86/100).