Watch How David Popovici Ripped 49.26 100 Free At 16 Years Of Age


  • September 30th – October 3rd
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

Yesterday we reported on a phenomenal 100m freestyle performance by 16-year-old David Popovici of Romania. While competing at his national championships, the teen fired off a lifetime best mark of 49.26 in the men’s 1free on the final day of competition.

Splitting 23.78/25.48, his 49.26 would rank the Romanian faster than multi-Olympic medalist and multi-world champion Caeleb Dressel‘s 49.28 from his 15-16 age group days, a time that stands as the United States’ National Age Record for 15-16-yr-olds.

Additionally, Popovici inserts himself onto the list of Europe’s fastest 18 & U for the season in slot #2 behind Russia’s Andrei Minakov.

1. 48.78, Andrei Minakov (RUS)
2. 49.26, David Popovici (ROU) 
3. 49.27, Josif Miladinov (BUL)
4. 49.54, Matt Richards (GBR)
5. 49.57, Vladyslav Bukhov (UKR)

Note: Popovici’s birth date is 09/15/2004.

Popovici already made his mark on the international racing scene through his breakthrough performances at last year’s European Youth Olympic Festival. There in Baku Popovici beat out Great Britain’s teen sensation Jacob Whittle in the men’s 100m freestyle, posting a lifetime best of 49.82 as a 14-year-old.

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1 year ago

Joshua Liendo of Canada went a 49.17 justtttt after turning 17. Gonna be cool to see who becomes faster in the end!

1 year ago

Anyone know why he has a ‘University of Stirling’ hat on? Is he committed there?

Reply to  Iain
1 year ago

Hi, I’m David, the guy in the video :). I wear that cap because ever since I started swimming I’ve always worn what I feel is the most comfortable during a race. I got that cap as a gift from a friend who has studied there. I haven’t commited to any university yet, still searching for the right one, wherever in the world it might be. Hope that cleared it up!

Reply to  @chlorinedaddy
1 year ago

Sup David! You are a beast.

ACC fan
Reply to  @chlorinedaddy
1 year ago

Congratulations David! You would love NC STATE UNIVERSITY!

Reply to  @chlorinedaddy
1 year ago

Ce faci, David? My wife is Romanian (from Bistrita) and we love following Romanian swimmers. Keep it up.

1 year ago

Filmed on my ’03 camcorder

1 year ago

Wow, shallow pool too. Definitely faster in a deep water pool.

Reply to  Dawg
1 year ago

i mean..the pool gets to around 2 metters in depth

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1 year ago


Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

at the wall its not that deep but towards the middle it is 2m deep.

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