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August 11, 2022

David Popovici wins gold medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships U-23 in Otopeni

Athlete David Popovici won on Wednesday his second gold medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships U-23 in Otopeni, after dominating the 200-meter freestyle event, timed at 1 min 45 sec 45/100

The two-time senior world champion, who had qualified for the final with a second time, thus defended the title in the 200 m freestyle won last year at the Junior Europeans in Rome. Popovici also holds the record of the 200 m freestyle in juniors, 1 min 43 sec 21/100, set on June 20, 2022 at the World Senior Championships in Budapest.

“I saw you, I heard you, I felt you. hank you !,” David wrote on Facebook after this new victory, in homage to the audience that supported him.

The podium of the 200 m freestyle trial was completed with Lorenzo Galossi (Italy) with 1 min 47 sec 71/100 and Jacob Whittle (Great Britain) with 1 min 47 sec 85/100.

Also this evening, Popovici will compete in the final of the combined relay race, together with Stefan Cozma, Anastasia Bako and Irina-Ana Preda. Romania’s combined 4×100 m free-range team qualified in the last act with the sixth time.

David Popovici (17 years old) won his first gold medal at the European Junior Championship in Otopeni, on Tuesday, in the men’s 4×100 m relay. Romania, in the formula David Popovici, Vlad Stancu, Stefan Cozma and Patrick Sebastian Dinu, climbed the first step of the podium, imposing himself in the final with a time of 3min 18sec 93/100.

The European Junior Swimming Championships 2022 are held at the Olympic Swimming Complex Otopeni (18 km north of Bucharest) between 5-10 July. The competition is attended by 494 athletes from 42 countries. Romania is represented by 26 swimmers, 14 for men and 12 for women.

Last year, at the Junior European Championships in Rome, Popovici won gold in the 50 m, 100 m (with world junior record) and 200 m free style, as well as silver with the 4×100 m free baton. Romania then took the fifth place in the medal standings.


Photo: Facebook/David Popovici

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