2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The men’s 200m freestyle was one of the most anticipated race of these Olympic Games, with the entire field of eight capable of taking home the gold.
Ultimately, it was a 1-2 British punch, led by Tom Dean who took gold in a new British record of 1:44.22 followed by Duncan Scott who posted a huge personal best of 1:44.26.
Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer claimed the bronze in 1:44.66 but just .02 behind was Romanian teenager David Popovici who checked in with 1:44.68 for 4th place. As a consolation, 16-year-old Popovici notched a new European Junior Record for his effort.
Heading into this competition, Popovici’s personal best rested at the 1:45.26 he posted in the semi-finals of the men’s 200m free at this year’s European Championships. That result checked in as the official European Junior Record, in addition to a Romanian national record.
Earlier here in Tokyo, the Romanian hit a prelim swim of 1:45.32 then dropped that down to his first sub-1:45 outing ever.
Of note, the Olympic final in Rio saw just one swimmer, Sun Yang of China, snag a 1:44-time whereas here the top 4 were all under that barrier.
With his top 4 result, Popovici overtakes his own European Junior Record and sets himself up for a potentially explosive 100m freestyle individual event here. He will also be taking on the 50m free race toward the end of the meet.