2021 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, July 6th – Sunday, July 11th
- Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
- Heats at 9:30am local (3:30am EST)/Finals at 6pm local (Noon EST)
- LCM (50m)
- Start Lists/Results
David Popovici has lowered the world junior record in the men’s 100 freestyle to a 47.56 during a 4×100 freestyle relay leadoff at the 2021 European Junior Swimming Championships. Popovici is just 16 years of age and was born on September 15, 2004.
The swim is an improvement upon Andrei Minakov‘s former world junior record in the event of 47.57 from back in 2020. Minakov was actually out faster in his world junior record-breaking swim, opening with a 22.84 compared to Popovici’s 23.07. Popovici managed to come back quicker, though allowing him to nab the WJR by just 1 one hundredth of a second.
|Popovici 2021||Minakov 2020|
|100m||24.49 (47.56)||24.73 (47.57)|
Interestingly Popovici shaved only 0.01 seconds off Minakov’s previous record which is the same narrow margin that Minakov lowered the record by in 2020. Minakov’s 47.57 was only 0.01 seconds quicker than the 47.58 mark that Kyle Chalmers set to win gold at Rio 2016.
Popovici took the world junior record and the European junior record from Minakov and also lowered the European Junior Championships record of 48.32 which he set while swimming the leadoff of the relay during prelims.
The 47.57 by Popovici was also a new Romanian record in the event, improving upon the 48.08 he set at the 2021 European Championships. Popovici will have another 3 attempts at lowering his own world junior, European junior, Championships, and Romanian records in the event when he races in the prelims, semi-finals, and finals of the individual 100 freestyle later this week.
His early speed this summer bodes well for Popovici’s upcoming Olympic debut where he is expected to race the 100 freestyle for Romania. Popovici is now the 4th fastest swimmer in the world this season in the event behind Kliment Kolesnikov, Caeleb Dressel, and Alessandro Miressi.
Along with getting himself into the top 5 this season in the event, Popovici now sits among the top 20 fastest men in history. His swim makes him the 18th fastest man in the history of the event behind Nathan Adrian‘s 47.52 from the 2012 Olympic Games.
All-time Men’s 100 Freestyle Rankings
- Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 46.91 (2009)
- Alain Bernard (FRA) – 46.94 (2009)
- Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 46.96 (2019)
- Cam McEvoy (AUS) – 47.04 (2016)
- Eamon Sullivan (AUS) – 47.05 (2008)
- Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 47.08 (2019)
- James Magnussen (AUS) – 47.10 (2012)
- Freddy Bousquet (FRA) – 47.25 (2009)
- Brent Hayden (CAN) – 47.27 (2009)
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 47.31 (2021)
- David Walters (USA) – 47.33 (2009)
- Stefan Nystrand (SWE) – 47.37 (2009)
- Ryan Held (USA) – 47.39 (2019)
- Vladislav Grinev (RUS) – 47.43 (2019)
- Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 47.45 (2021)
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 47.51 (2008)
- Nathan Adrian (USA) – 47.52 (2012)
- David Popovici (ROU) – 47.56 (2021)
- Andrei Minakov (RUS) – 47.57 (2020)
- Jason Lezak (USA) – 47.58 (2008)