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David Popovici wins the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle event at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest

17-year-old Romanian swimmer David Popovici on Monday evening won the gold medal in the men’s 200m freestyle event at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, clocking in at 1 min 43.21 seconds.

Popovici thus broke his own junior world record set in Sunday’s semifinals (1 min 44.40 seconds). The young athlete of the Bucharest Dinamo Sports Club had managed the best time in the men’s heats on Sunday morning, 1 min 45.18 sec.

David Popovici, a debutant at the World Senior Championships, brought the first long-course world title for Romanian men’s swimming. So far, Romania had two gold medals won by Tamara Costache (women’s 50m freestyle, 1986) and Diana Mocanu (women’s 200m backstroke, 2001), but its world tally now improved to three gold, one silver and six bronze medals.

David Popovici on Tuesday qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 100 m freestyle with the best time in the heats – 47.60 – at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

Popovici,  who won gold in the 200 m freestyle on Monday, outsped American Caeleb Dressel – 47.95 – and Serbian Andrej Barna – 48.15.

The two semi-finals are scheduled for today, and the final will take place on Wednesday.

 

Iohannis: We are proud of you

 

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday night congratulated young swimmer David Popovici on his extraordinary performance at the 19th FINA World Championships 2022 in Budapest.

“Thanks to your proven ambition, talent and perseverance, you have offered excitement and joy to all Romanians today and you have written a new page in the history of Romanian sports. We are proud of you,” Iohannis said on his Facebook page.

 

PM Ciuca: David Popovici – the newest name of the golden book of Romanian sport

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca congratulated young David Popovici on Monday evening for his performance at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest.

“David Popovici is the newest name in the golden book of Romanian sport. At only 17 years old, our young man won the final 200-metre freestyle race, at which he also set a new world record for juniors. Congratulations, David,” the Prime Minister wrote on his Facebook page.

 

Photo: Facebook/David Popovici

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