Romanian phenomenon David Popovici blasts to second world title at World Swimming Championships (although he received it a little as a gift)


The Romanian David Popovici, barely seventeen, won the world title in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday at the World Cup in Budapest.

Vincent Van GenechtenSource: BELGA

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In the Hungarian capital, the Romanian sensation, who was being groomed in the Antwerp Wezenbergbad, hit the prestigious number in 47.58 and with that he was six hundredths of a second faster than the Frenchman Maxime Grousset (47.64). The bronze went to Canadian Joshua Liendo Edwards (47.71).

Only side note: Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel and Olympic vice champion Kyle Chambers did not start. Last summer, Popovici narrowly missed the medals at the Games.


In Budapest it was already his second gold: on Monday he already became world champion in the 200m freestyle. With a chrono of 1:43.21 he also set a new world record for the juniors. In the 100m he did that finely in the semi-finals, when he put 47.13 on the tables.

With his seventeen years, Popovici was not the youngest world champion at this World Cup. In the women’s 200m butterfly, the gold went to fifteen-year-old Summer McIntosh. The Canadian set a time of 2:05.020 and was therefore faster than the American Hali Flickinger (2:06.08) and the Chinese Yufei Zhang (2:06.32).

On Saturday, McIntosh, who will celebrate her sixteenth birthday in August, took silver in the 400m freestyle, behind the still unapproachable Katie Ledecky.

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