2022 EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Rome, Italy
- Parco Del Foro Italico
- LCM (50m)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 9:00 am local / 3:00 am ET
- Finals: 6:00 pm local / 12:00 pm ET
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MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS
World Record: 46.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 2009 World Championships European Record: 46.98, David Popovici (ROU) – 2022 European Championships European Championship Record: 46.98, David Popovici (ROU) – 2022
- 2020 European Champion: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 47.37
- David Popovici (ROU) – 46.86 (WORLD RECORD)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 47.47
- Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 47.63
- Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 47.78
- Nandor Nemeth (HUN) – 48.01
- Lorenzo Zazzeri (ITA) – 48.10
- Thomas Dean (GBR) – 48.23
- Andrej Barna (SRB) – 48.38
After breaking the European Record in last night’s semifinals, 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici took down one of the longest standing World Records on the books with a 46.86 in Saturday’s 100 free final.
The record is poetic. Cesar Cielo‘s standard of 46.91 was one of the longest-standing records on the books, having been set in this very same pool 13 years ago. It was also considered by many to be among the fastest, as few people have even been able to scare the mark in the last 13 years.
France’s Maxime Grousset took the race out faster than Popovici, but he wasn’t able to hold up with the youngster’s incredible closing speed. Despite being 2nd at the turn, Popovici’s first 50 split of 22.74 was still faster than his initial split in semifinals last night. Popovici was again electric coming home, splitting a stunning 24.12 on the 2nd 50.
Popovici is now the only swimmer in history to have gone under 47 seconds in the 100 free more than once in his career.
Because Popovici is still a junior, his world record is also a World Junior record, a feat that is very rare amongst male swimmers. Other men who have held world records as juniors include legends like Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe.
Spencer Penland and YanYan Li contributed to this report.
His last 25m is incredible
It was all Popo’s 2nd 50, but y’all probs knew that. But I am curious tho…
Can the human limit be broken to hit an even-split 100 free?
In an ideal 100 free, 1st and 2nd 50 should be between 2-3s apart (at least from my knowledge). Negative splittage isn’t impossible, but can it at the top human performance level?
Popo 22- 22.74/24.12 (46.86) = 1.38s
Now is this the best 100 free splitting ever?
I’d say Phelps leading off the 08 fr relay would be top 100 *free* splitting (he’s been able to do it fly/back).
Phelps 08- 23.31/24.20 (47.51) = 0.89s
(#4 US/#17 All-Time)
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Look at the crowd!!! How do we get that enthusiasm in the USA?
An example of deafening crowd
There’s a lovely congratulatory tweet on Cesar Cielo’s twitter feed. 🙂
There’s so much more muscle that could go onto that frame, and he’s not even 18 yet and definitely hasn’t stopped growing.
On top of that his start can clearly improve.
I don’t even know what else to say were about to see unprecedented dominance of this event.
Also Agnel’s 1:43.14 is living on borrowed time. Biedermann’s 1:42.00 getting taken down isn’t unfathomable in the next few years at this rate which is crazy to think about.
It’s generally believed that the 1:42.00 is on a different level than the 46.91, right? I consider 1:42.96 and 46.91 roughly comparable. So I think a 1:42.7-1:42.9 would certainly be on par with that 46.8.
Keep forgetting the fact that DP has a similar stature to MP he is 6’3 but has a wing span of 6’8 similar to phelps, 6’4 but has a wing span of 6’8.
Thought I’d see someone break Cesar’s record in my life. Didnt expect a 17yo skinny kid. Popovici was on my list of candidates, but but not yet. Wow!
Next up – Biedermann’s 200m free record.
Popovici and Kristóf Milák will be at the top for the next decade.
Proves to me that it isnt all about muscle but power relative to resistance. There’s a tipping point of adding muscle creates drag. Hard to find that balance
It’s nice to see that you don’t have to be sculpted like a god in order to be a great 100 freestyler.