David Popovici, 17, breaks world report in 100m freestyle at European Championships


Romanian teenager David Popovici set a world report of 46.86 seconds within the 100m freestyle on the European Championships in Rome on Saturday.

The 17-year-old beat the earlier report set by Brazil’s César Cielo in 2009 by 0.05 seconds, beating Hungary’s Christoph Mirak and Italy’s Alessandro Milesi to win gold.

Popovich, who was world champion within the 100m and 200m freestyle earlier this yr, is the youngest 100m freestyle world report holder.

“I wished to run as quick as I might, and it appears to be like like I did it,” he advised the BBC, calling himself a “skinny legend.”

“The fantasy now could also be 45 (second time),” he added. “Adam Peaty is a pioneer when it comes to the targets he units. For others it was sci-fi, however for him it was not.”

British swimmer Peaty set a profession benchmark by changing into the primary man to swim the 100m breaststroke in lower than 57 seconds. This can be a feat he achieved in 2019 when he broke his private report.

A brand new 100m freestyle report was in sight when Popovich broke the 47-second barrier for the primary time in Friday’s semifinals. After his record-breaking swim the subsequent day, he was congratulated by Cielo.

“I knew this present day would come…and it occurred! My 100m freestyle world report has been damaged for the primary time in 13 years!” Cielo I have written on Twitter.

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“Congratulations, Popovich!

“We’ve a newcomer who’s the quickest on the planet within the 100m freestyle. He’s simply getting began!”

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