Romanian teen swimmer David Popovici becomes the European champion in the 200 meters freestyle


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Romanian swimmer David Popovici is the European champion in the 200 meters freestyle in the short pool. The 17-year-old Romanian athlete, who made an excellent impression this year at the Tokyo Olympics, won the gold medal at the European Championships in Kazan, with a time of 1: 42.12, the best personal performance in the short pool.

At 17 years old, David Popovici thus wins his first continental title in seniors, setting a new national record at 17, 18 and +19 years.

Popovici was followed in the final standings by two Dutchmen, Luc Kroon (1 min 42 sec 20/100) and Stan Pijnenburg (1 min 42 sec 51/100). Popovici had been recorded with the best time in the semifinals, 1 min 43 sec 08/100.

David Popovici swam on lane four, the one for the race favorite. Until the last length of the pool, he was always behind his main opponents, two Dutch and one Russian.

“It surprised us in an extraordinarily pleasant way, even if we knew what level David is at. The joy is just as great. It is a beautiful medal, it is well received and long awaited “, Camelia Potec, the chairwoman of the Romanian Swimming Federation said.

David Popovici’s medal is the first European title for Romania in the short pool since this competition was held, namely since 1991.

Another Romanian swimmer, Robert Glință Romanian swimmer Robert Glinta won the silver medal in the men’s 100m backstroke event on Friday at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, clocking in at 49.31.

Glinta, who was the fastest in the middle of the race, was overtaken by Russian Kliment Kolesnikov (49.13), while Greek Apostolos Christou came in third at 49.87.

For Glinta, it is the second medal at the European Championships in Kazan, after the bronze medal in the 50m backstroke.

Glinta has so far won four medals at European short course swimming championships, including the bronze medals in the 100m backstroke in Copenhagen in 2017 and in Glasgow in 2019.

This year, Glinta won the gold medal at the 35th European Aquatics Championships, also in the 100m backstroke.

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