David Popovici is the first man since 1973 to win gold in the 100/200 style

2022 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – BUDAPEST

David Popovici it is a real phenomenon.

While this seemed clear enough after Popovici’s victory in the men’s 200 freestyle earlier in the week, the Romanian teenager further reinforced this claim by winning gold in the men’s 100 freestyle.

After setting the junior world record of 47.13, Popovici entered the final as the big favorite, especially due to the absence of the reigning world and Olympic champion Celeb Dressel. Despite being slightly slower than his own record, Popovici managed to hold off a group of reigning athletes and finish in first place with a time of 47.58, taking his second gold medal in these Championships.

With this performance, Popovici became only the second person to win both 100 and 200 freestyle in the same edition of the Long Course World Championships.

When was the last time? In 1973, at the first edition of the World Championships. On that occasion, Jim Montgomery he won both events for the United States. Montgomery then won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games, putting Popovici in good company.

At just 17, Popovici still has a lot of time to improve his results, especially in view of the 2024 Olympic Games. Even in a field with Celeb Dressel, Popovici has shown that he can hold a candle to the greats.

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