An impressive feat stunned the sporting world at the European Swimming Championships in Rome.
The 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici made an astonishing performance in the final of the “royal discipline” – 100 meters freestyle, and brought the fans to their feet.
The Balkan miracle unquestionably won the gold medal, at the same time with a world record – 46.86 seconds.
This is 5 hundredths better than the considered untouchable swimming time of the Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho (46.91) at the world championships in Rome 13 years ago – in 2009. At the time, special swimming suits were in vogue that reduced drag to a minimum, and so it was considered almost impossible for anyone to better this feat.
However, Popovici showed that even without the help of the latest technologies, records can be broken.
The fastest 100 freestyle in history by the 17-year-old phenom David Popovici. 46.86. Absolutely insane.pic.twitter.com/NDYQiPXalC
— Kyle Sockwell (@kylesockwell) August 13, 2022
With the success, the Romanian added a European title to his sensational men’s world title from the championship two months ago.
The top three after Popovici were completed by the Hungarian Krzysztof Milak (47.47 sec.) and the Italian Alessandro Miresi (47.63 sec.).