David Popovici Moves Up World Rankings With 1:45.10 200 Free At Romanian Nationals

2024 ROMANIAN NATIONALS

  • Wednesday, April 17th – Sunday, April 21st
  • Otopeni, Romania
  • LCM (50m)
  • Start List
  • Results

Day 2 of the 2024 Romanian Nationals saw former world record holder David Popovici dive in to contest the men’s 200m freestyle.

After posting the top time of the morning in 1:47.41 as the sole swimmer of the field under 1:52, 19-year-old Popovici produced a final mark of 1:45.10 to grab the gold this evening.

Popovici split 24.98/26.97(51.95)/26.92/26.24(53.16) to keep things relatively close between his two halves in this controlled outing.

His performance handily defeated the domestic field, with Mihai Gergely snagging silver in 1:51.27 and Robert Andrei Badea bagging bronze in 1:51.86.

Popovici’s 1:45.10 checks in as a season-best, overtaking the 1:46.19 logged at the Luxembourg Euro Meet in January. He bumps himself up in the world rankings to now occupy slot #7.

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Free

LukasGER
MÄRTENS
04/27
1:44.14
2Sunwoo
HWANG
KOR1:44.4009/27
3Matthew
RICHARDS
GBR1:44.6904/07
4Duncan
SCOTT
GBR1:44.7504/07
5 Maximillian
GIULIANI
AUS1:44.7912/12
6Danas
RAPSYS
LTU1:44.9602/12
7Thomas
DEAN
GBR1:45.0904/07
8David
POPOVICI
ROU1:45.1004/18
9Luke
HOBSON
USA1:45.2602/13
10James
GUY
GBR1:45.2804/07
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Popovici’s lifetime best in this 200m free remains at the massive 1:42.97 he produced en route to gold at the 2022 European Championships. That performance rendered him the 3rd-fastest man in history, sitting only behind Germany’s retired world record holder Paul Biedermann‘s supersuited time of 1:42.00 and retired Olympic champion Michael Phelps (1:42.96) of the United States.

The Romanian added this 2free gold to the 50m free meet title he captured on day 1 here in Otopeni. Yesterday he posted a result of 22.27 to register the 4th-quickest time of his young career. His PB remains at the 22.16 produced for gold at the 2022 European Junior Championships.

The other notable swim on the evening came in the men’s 50m fly where Denis Laurean Popescu fired off a new national record.

He popped a time of 23.54 to slice .20 off of Popovici’s former national standard of 23.74 put on the books at the 2023 edition of this competition.

Entering this meet, Popescu’s lifetime best rested at the 24.13 notched at the 2023 Sette Colli Trophy. That means the 20-year-old beat his previous PB by over half a second en route to grabbing the gold.

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RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

3:47.54 in the 400 just now

John26
Reply to  RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

On par with his best times / 2022 euros

A_fan
Reply to  John26
1 month ago

Looks like maybe a PB actually? He had 3:47:99 then.

Luigi
1 month ago

I see pecs that weren’t there last year. The kid is getting beefier.

maheny
1 month ago

article says he came back in 52.44… (obv he did not, it was a 53.15)

but i am intrigued, how can you get it that wrong tho? none of the splits would add up to that number
i really hope they just copy+pasted the wrong number from the results or sum bc if that was the product of someones mental arithmetics theres not much hope for them lol

Anymouse
1 month ago

While I would love to see Popovici back at his best, there is one cautionary element to this story and that is that he would have swam this race in very flat water. His closest rival was over 6 seconds back.

He has traditionally swam significantly better in a flat water scenario than a wavey pool, especially with big swimmers going out hard in the first 100, and him trying to back end races and struggling to swim through their waves.

What’s interesting is that a lot of world’s top 200 swimmers are now generally on the smaller side, so the waves might not be such a big issue.

The only scenario where a fully fit Popovici doesn’t win the… Read more »

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Anymouse
1 month ago

that’s only been an issue in the 100. he did PBs in the tokyo and budapest finals for the 200

Troyy
Reply to  Anymouse
1 month ago

Don’t think that matters too much in the 200.

Hank
Reply to  Anymouse
1 month ago

Hobson or one of the Brits or Max Giuliani perhaps might break through and go a 1:43 mid to high, so Popovici will have to be on his game.

Last edited 1 month ago by Hank
Hank
1 month ago

It might be difficult logistically for Popovici to break a WR in Paris if he does not lead off a relay. The most likely place would be in the 200free finals where he might find clean water over the back half like he did at 2022 Euros when he went sub 1:43, or possibly in the 100free heats if he decides to go for it.

Xman
1 month ago

WYD!

Sacre Bleu!
1 month ago

Daddy Chlorine is back!

John26
1 month ago

Team GB:
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Last edited 1 month ago by John26

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