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


Romanian teenager David Popovici set a world report within the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 46.86 seconds on the European championships in Rome on Saturday.

The 17-year-old broke the earlier report, set by Brazilian Cesar Cielo in 2009, by 0.05 seconds as he took gold forward of Hungary’s Kristof Milak and Italy’s Alessandro Miressi.

Popovici, who was topped world champion within the 100m and 200m freestyle earlier this yr, turns into the youngest world report holder within the 100m freestyle occasion.

“I wanted to go as fast as possible and it looks like I did it,” he instructed the BBC, calling himself a “skinny legend.”

“A fantasy now might be a 45 (second time),” he added. “Adam Peaty is a pioneer in terms of the goals he set. For others it was science fiction, but not for him.”

British swimmer Peaty set himself the benchmark of changing into the primary man to swim the 100m breaststroke in beneath 57 seconds throughout his profession – a feat he achieved when he broke his personal report in 2019.

The prospect of a brand new 100m freestyle report seemed doubtless when Popovici broke the 47-second barrier for the primary time within the semifinals on Friday. After his record-breaking swim the next day, he was congratulated by Cielo.

“I knew this day was coming… And it did! My 100m freestyle world record was broken after 13 years!” Cielo wrote on Twitter.

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“Congratulations, Popovici! Glad to have had this big report for thus lengthy!

“There is the new fastest man in the world in the 100 meters freestyle and he is just getting started!”