May 31, 2023
David Popovici Swims 47.61 in the 100 Freestyles, Hits the Olympic "A" Cut in Otopeni


A Senior Nationwide Report, a double Nationwide age file, and an Olympic qualification for the junior star David Popovici He highlighted the penultimate day of the 2023 Romanian Nationwide Swimming Championships in Otopeni on Saturday. About 1,000 spectators attended and the primary draw was Popovici.

A World Report holder in 100 freestyles, Popovici swam in secondary occasions all week – together with wins in 50 freestyles, 100 backs, 50 flyes and 400 freestyles – however by the top of the week he’ll now compete in his prime 100 and 200 freestyle races.

On Saturday, the occasion was 100 free races, a race wherein he was the defending World Champion and held a World Report on the lengthy monitor.

18-year-old Popovici, who fell to 50.39 within the preliminary rounds, received the ultimate with 47.61. This not solely makes it his first official Olympic “A” normal, but in addition makes him #1 on this planet this season – beating Matthew Richards 47.72 within the British Trials two days in the past.

2 Matthew
GBR 47.72 04/06
3 hwang
BLIND 47.78 10/12
4 Guilherme
BRA 47.82 12/09
5 Katsuhiro
JPN 47.85 04/06

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“I supplied to set the requirements as we speak, however I mentioned I used to be in no hurry,” mentioned Popovici after the race. “It is lovely when you don’t need one thing in any respect prices and also you obtain it. My coach and I purpose to be unaware of the borders it doesn’t matter what competitors we go to. I’m glad to have purchased the Olympic Video games ticket.”

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This swim is the thirteenth quickest of his profession and the most effective ever in a Romanian Championships occasion.

It wasn’t his Nationwide Report, nevertheless it fell at some point. Henrietta Fangli received the ladies’s 100 breaststroke with 1:09.25 forward of the courtroom by greater than three seconds and nearly a second behind the outdated Nationwide Report. That outdated signal belonged Beatrice CaslaruFloating 1:10.14 in 2001.

Caslaru was a three-time Olympian for Romania, taking silver within the 200 IM and bronze within the 400 IM on the 2000 Video games in Sydney, the head of Romanian swimming. Whereas the 100 breaststrokes weren’t the first occasion for him, he was the 2000 European Champion within the 200 breaststrokes.

Fangli’s earlier finest time was 1:11.00 from final June’s Nationwide Championship match, enhancing his private file by nearly two seconds. He shared 32.75/36.50 within the race.

Swimming additionally places Fangli under the FINA “B” normal of 1:09.71 for the World Championships, nevertheless it nonetheless has an extended option to go earlier than it reaches the Olympic “B” normal of 1:07.12.

There have been additionally two Nationwide Romanian Age Data on the assembly.

Daria Mariuca SillisteanuBorn in 2009, she received the ladies’s 50 again in 28.77, which additionally breaks the Romanian Age Data for U14, U15, U16 and U17, simply 0.04 seconds away from the general Nationwide Report that Diana Mocanu set in 2002.

He broke all the identical data earlier than at 28.79 within the preliminaries.

He trains on the similar Clubul Sportiv Dimano Bucuresti membership as Popovici.

One other junior winner and Nationwide Age Report-breaking males got here out of 400 IM. Robert Andrei BadeaBorn in 2007, received the boys’s 400 IM race with a time of 4:21.84. This breaks the U16, U17 and U18 data on the occasion.

His Senior Nationwide Report of 4:19.72 was damaged by Cezar Badita in 2003.

Badea beforehand held the U16 and U17 data with 4:25.68. Popovici holds the nationwide U15 file with 4:28.86.

For perspective, Badea’s time on Saturday locations him seventeenth all-time among the many People 15-16.

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