David Popovici Posts 47.37 Relay Lead-Off in World Jr Champs Debut, Breaks CR

by Spencer Penland 39

August 30th, 2022 International, News

2022 FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

David Popovici has already made a statement at the 2022 World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru. Popovici has elected to only swim the 100 free and 200 free individually at these Championships, so his racing debut came this morning in prelims of the boys 4×100 free relay. After breaking the World Record in the 100 free at the European Championships a few weeks ago (46.86), Popovici popped off a 47.37 to lead Romania’s relay off this morning.

Not only is that yet another impressive prelims swim by the 17-year-old, it also absolutely shattered the World Junior Championship Record in the boys 100 free. The previous record stood at 48.33 and was held by Russia’s Ivan Girev from the 2017 World Jr Champs. It will be interesting to see if Popovici leads the relay off again tonight, and if he’ll be even faster if he in fact does. Either way, this seems to answer the question of whether Popovici will still be on top of his game in his 4th championship meet of the summer.

Here is a split comparison between Popovici’s time this morning, his WR swim from a few months ago, and the previous WJ Championship Record held by Girev.

Splits David Popovici – 2022 WJR Champs 4×100 Lead-Off David Popovici – 2022 European Championships (Finals) Ivan Girev – 2017 WJR Championships
50m 22.80 22.74 23.58
100m 24.57 24.12 24.75
FINAL TIME 47.37 46.86 48.33

Popovici almost matched his WR opening split this morning, splitting just 0.06 seconds off it. He was a bit slower coming home, however, splitting 24.57 to his 24.12 on his WR swim. Comparing Popovici to Girev’s previous record swim, he was faster on both 50s, significantly so on the 1st 50.

 

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Verram
3 months ago

So is 24.12 the fastest split coming home ever ? Or was there a faster one from semis ? Would love to see an updated list of the fastest times coming home in 100m free

Last edited 3 months ago by Verram
Troyy
Reply to  Verram
3 months ago

He was 24.05 in the semi.

smithbot
3 months ago

Why doesn’t Poland have a men’s relay. They have the Chmielewski brothers and Masiuk. They probably could win due to weakened field.

W_P_1
3 months ago

Who wins our hearts? Chlorine daddy or Dean?

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  W_P_1
3 months ago

Daddy for me all the way!

Luigi
3 months ago

47.37 would be a national record in all countries of the planet save a fistful. And he swims it in the heats of a junior championships. Insane.

mahaney
Reply to  Luigi
3 months ago

USA, AUS, BRA, FRA, RUS, … any else?

mahaney
Reply to  mahaney
3 months ago

and romania of course lol

woods
3 months ago

he has a shot to help lead his boys to a world title tonight. 46.7 incoming

Xman
3 months ago

Looking forward to seeing how his teammates split. These kids will be the relay in 2024 and pull a Netherlands from 2004.

Swammer90
Reply to  Xman
3 months ago

Do you mean South Africa? The Dutch women didn’t win until 2008.

Xman
Reply to  Swammer90
3 months ago

Netherlands went from 4th to 2nd with PVDH anchoring.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Xman
3 months ago

Good joke.

bubo
3 months ago

Crazy that 47.37 is now over half a second off the WR

Justhereforfun
Reply to  bubo
3 months ago

Well for the past 13 years it was 0.46 seconds away, so not too big of a diff

Jamesabc
Reply to  bubo
3 months ago

What’s strange is that the women’s WR actually seems more out of reach than the men’s. 12 men have been within 0.5 of Popovici’s world record. Only 5 women have been within 0.5 of Sjostrom’s.

swimgeek
3 months ago

Popo is gonna do like 12 swims sub-48 this summer alone. Incredible

Rafael
Reply to  swimgeek
3 months ago

this was his 11th I think

4×100 final + 1
100 free + 3
Mixed free – Chance of + 2

Total of the year: 16 or 17

Troyy
Reply to  Rafael
3 months ago

He could feasibly be only 2 swims short of Dressel’s 24 sub 48 swims after this meet but Romania would need to reach the mixed free final (doable with how weakened this meet is) and not go easy in the 100 heats.

Xman
Reply to  swimgeek
3 months ago

He will be the Bruno of the 100s.

100 sub 48s!

swimgeek
Reply to  Xman
3 months ago

And then he’s gonna be the popo of the 46s. He’s already done 2. Did Cielo do more than 1?

Troyy
Reply to  swimgeek
3 months ago

He didn’t.

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  swimgeek
3 months ago

Nobody did