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)
- Live Results
- Live Stream
The swimming community was abuzz on Thursday after Romania’s David Popovici re-lowered his World Junior Record in the men’s 100 freestyle at the 2021 European Junior Championships, taking over the #1 time in the world in the process.
In the individual final two nights later, Popovici dropped a scintillating 47.30 to jump up from fourth to first in the world for 2020-21, leapfrogging Kliment Kolesnikov, Caeleb Dressel and Alessandro Miressi.
Kolesnikov, who had held the distinction as the fastest man in the world this season for three months up until that race, was among the swimmers offering a reaction to Popovici’s swim on social media:
Caeleb Dressel was asked about Popovici’s swim during his press conference on the 2021 Olympic media day, and he was very impressed with the 16-year-old.
Bovell compared Popovici’s way of swimming freestyle to the likes of Alexander Popov and Gustavo Borges, a “finesse” style, compared to the power stroke we’ve seen from many of the world’s best sprinters in recent years.
— swimnerd (@SwimNerds) July 9, 2021
Mexican Olympian Liliana Ibanez reacted to Popovici’s swim the way many of us did:
47.30 David Popovici 🤯
— Liliana Ibáñez (@liliyaks) July 8, 2021
Popovici will take aim at another World Junior Record on Saturday, as he’ll swim the men’s 200 free final after taking nine-tenths off his Romanian Record in the semi-finals, clocking 1:45.26. The world junior record belongs to South Korea’s Hwang Sun-Woo in 1:44.96.