David Popovici Extends Range to Cap Romanian Short Course Champs With Title in 400 Freestyle

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David Popovici Extends Range to Cap Romanian Short Course Champs With Title in 400 Freestyle

David Popovici wrapped up the Romanian Short Course Championships with flair on Sunday, as he claimed victory in the 400-meter freestyle. The 18-year-old star clocked a time of 3:43.00, which was quick enough to turn back a challenge by Vlad Stancu, who recorded a time of 3:43.76. Stancu is a 17-year-old rising star who, along with Popovici, has given Romania reason to be excited about the nation’s potential in the years ahead.

Prior to winning the 400 freestyle in Otopeni, Popovici had already claimed titles in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, and was the runnerup in a close battle in the 100 individual medley. By extending himself to the 400 freestyle, Popovici demonstrated his freestyle range. Next month, Popovici is scheduled to race at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Melbourne. Australia will serve as host of a World Champs for the first time since Melbourne was the site of the 2007 World Championships at the Rod Laver Arena.

Popovici has enjoyed a superb 2022 campaign, highlighted by a world record of 46.86 in the 100 freestyle and gold medals in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle at the World Champs in Budapest. Additionally, he registered 16 sub-48 performances during the year in the 100 freestyle.

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