Popovici Notches 47.86 Season-Best 100 Free, Diaconescu Clocks Monumental Romanian Record

2024 ROMANIAN NATIONALS

The penultimate night of action at the 2024 Romanian Nationals saw former world record holder David Popovici back in the pool to contest the men’s 100m free.

After negative splitting a morning swim of 48.52, the 19-year-old posted a winning result of 47.86 to take the gold in this evening’s final.

Opening in 23.49 and closing in 24.37, Popovici led a trio of sub-50-second swimmers. Behind him was Patrick Sebastian Dinu who touched in 49.16 as the runner-up while George Adrian Ratiu bagged bronze in 49.53.

Popovici’s outing overtook his previous season-best of 48.01 logged at January’s Luxembourg Euro Meet. His best remains the 46.86 former world record he established at the 2022 World Championships before another 19-year-old, China’s Pan Zhanle, dropped it down to 46.80 at this year’s World Championships.

Already at these Nationals Popovici produced a 200m free mark of 1:45.10 and a new lifetime best of 3:47.54 in the 400m free.

On the women’s side, 17-year-old Rebecca Aimee Diaconescu unleashed the fastest 100m freestyle of her young career to take down a monumental Romanian record.

Diaconescu split 26.65/28.50 to stop the clock in 55.15, a result which wiped out the previous national standard of 55.40 Tamara Costache put on the books nearly 40 years ago…in 1986.

Entering this competition, Diaconescu’s lifetime best rest at the 55.64 posted at the 2023 European Junior Championships when she placed 4th.

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Where's Bobo?
1 month ago

He’s peaking at the right time.

Phil Espinosa
1 month ago

Not sure what penultimate means but thankfully this is the second to last night

John Culhane
Reply to  Phil Espinosa
1 month ago

It’s a commonly used word, and, yes, it does mean next-to-last.

Jordan
Reply to  Phil Espinosa
1 month ago

Most commonly used in football season.

Alex Dragovich
1 month ago

Really glad to see him doing so well. Skinny Legend/Chlorine Daddy is so good for the sport, a unique guy and personality.

swim2
1 month ago
Swimmer
Reply to  swim2
1 month ago

Isn’t that a different season…?

swim2
Reply to  swim2
1 month ago

Yeah my mistake, I was thinking of season best meaning the fastest you have ever been in season.

Gard
Reply to  swim2
1 month ago

that would be the in-season best

Dee
1 month ago

Not sure if it was mentioned elsewhere but 2007 born Robert Badea went 4.16 in the 400IM

Jeah
Reply to  Dee
1 month ago

Bob bowman incoming

Mr Piano
1 month ago

In April 2022, Popovici went 48.11 in the 100 free, splitting 23.49/24.62.

Today he was 23.49/24.37 👀

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

every 100m freestyler is back halfing now
#Backhalfmeta

Last edited 1 month ago by Beginner Swimmer at 25
John
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

What about wr from Pan?) first 50 22.2, that’s front-end speed baby

Hank
1 month ago

Will Popovici swim just the 100/200 in Paris or the 400 and 50 too potentially? Are Romania’s relays qualified?

Last edited 1 month ago by Hank
A_fan
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

His PBs in 50 and 400 don’t hit the Olympic standards. I don’t think there will be any Romanian relays for the same reason.

Hank
Reply to  A_fan
1 month ago

Popovici is very close to the OLY 400 standard. Perhaps with a taper he could split 1:49/1:51 or so . If he is on the team in 100/200 and makes the 400 standard between now and then, Romanian Federation could nominate him.

A_fan
Reply to  A_fan
1 month ago

Love how I got a downvote for stating facts. I’m Romanian and want as many Romanian swim medals as possible, but I can’t change the standards lol.

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