World Junior Swimming Championships: David Popovici grabs gold in men’s 200m freestyle


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Romanian swimming star David Popovici, aged 17, won the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle event on Wednesday at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima.

David Popovici scored a new record, finishing the race in 1:46.18 minutes.

This is his second gold medal in Lima, after the one in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.

Also on Wednesday, Romanian Andra Gorecki finished 4th in the women’s 200 m butterfly final (2:15.12). In the women’s 100 m backstroke final, compatriots Aissia Claudia Prisecariu finished 5th (1:02.58), and Rebecca Aimee Diaconescu 6th (1:02.93). Bianca Costea advanced to the women’s 100 m freestyle final with the fourth best time in the semi-finals (56.45 seconds).

Romania has got in Lima so far two gold medals, in the men’s 4×100 m free relay (David Popovici, Alexandru Constantinescu, Stefan Cozma, Patrick Sebastian Dinu) and men’s 200 m freestyle (David Popovici), and one silver medal in the men’s 400 m freestyle event (Vlad Stancu).

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