Talented sprint ace David Popovici has joined a new club in his home nation of Romania. The breakout star of the 2020 Olympic Games has left former club Steaua is now a member of Club Dinamo, with his coach Adrian Radulescu joining him.
Popovici, who turned 17 on September 15th, told SwimSwam that nothing is changing, essentially, except for his team name. “This is just the right choice for me at this point in time,” said the teenager.
In terms of facility differences, Dinamo does have a 50m pool, unlike Steaua, which houses two pools at 33m and 25m each.
Already Romanian Olympian and Team Iron ISL member Robert Glinta welcomed his new teammate onto the squad, saying, “Welcome, little monster.”
At this year’s European Junior Championships, Popovici collected 3 gold medals and 1 silver, including registering a massive new World Junior Record of 47.30 in the 100m freestyle before moving on to his Olympic debut. His highest finish there in Tokyo came in the men’s 200m free, where the then-16-year-old placed 4th, just .02 outside of the bronze medal. He also placed 7th in the 100m free.
You can view SwimSwam’s latest podcast conversation with Popovici from just earlier this month here.